Yet Another Grim COVID Record Is Here

Hospitalizations in US break record set almost a year ago
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2022 1:52 AM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2022 5:21 AM CST
COVID Hospitalizations Break Record in US
A nurse suits up with protective gear before entering a patient's room at the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., Jan. 3, 2022.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The US just set a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations—and it might not be much longer before that record is doubled, or more. As of Sunday, 142,388 people in US hospitals had COVID, breaking the previous record of 142,315 set on Jan. 14, 2021, the New York Times reports. It's not clear how many were admitted due to COVID and how many tested positive after being admitted for something else. Disease modelers predict that when the current omicron-fueled surge peaks (which could happen later this month), COVID hospitalizations will be somewhere between 275,000 and 300,000, the Washington Post reports.

New cases in the US have been over 500,000 for six consecutive days, Reuters reports, with the seven-day average for new cases doubling in 10 days to hit 704,000. As hospitals feel the pressure of increasing hospitalizations and staffing shortages, states are starting to let COVID-positive health care workers remain on the job. The Deseret News reports that while omicron seems to largely cause milder illnesses so far, the signs to watch out for in terms of potential hospitalization include shortness of breath, chest pains, appearing dehydrated, lightheadedness, or, in children, confusion, blue lips or face, or refusal to eat. (More COVID-19 stories.)

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