The New COVID Rise is Hitting These States First The BA.2 subvariant of COVID really began to make itself known in the U.S.
In the past week, the BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19 has really started to gain traction in the US – all but four states have seen their case counts rise, according to the New York Times. Hot on their heels: An even more contagious new subvariant (BA.2.12.1) that is spreading rapidly across a state. These are the five states where the recent COVID surge has had the biggest impact over the past few days. Read on to learn more – and to protect your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you already had COVID.
Cases per 100,000 population: 50
Increase in the last 14 days: 52%
Rhode Island has the highest number of cases per 100,000 people in the country as of Wednesday, according to the report The New York Times COVID data tracker. Last week, NBC Boston reported that more than half of Rhode Island residents — 53% — contracted COVID during the Omicron surge, and notes that the CDC is unsure how long the immunity generated by an infection lasts.
Cases per 100,000 population: 50
Increase in the last 14 days: 20%
Though Vermont ties Rhode Island for the highest number of COVID cases per 100,000 residents in the nation, WCAX reported Tuesday that only 4% of the state’s hospital beds were occupied by people with COVID. State Health Commissioner Dr. Scott Levine announced that more doses of the antiviral drug Paxlovid would be available soon and encouraged residents to consider their individual risk profile when deciding which public activities to participate in. “Look at your age, look at your underlying medical conditions, if you have any, look at who you live with and who might be susceptible that you don’t want to bring the virus home to,” he said .
Cases per 100,000 population: 47
Increase in the last 14 days: 89%
Cases in Maine have increased, as have hospital admissions. On Tuesday the MaineHealth hospital system said WMTW News that two groups of people are being hospitalized with COVID in this recent surge: people who are unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated and boosted) and older people who are vaccinated but have compromised immune systems. “It’s going through Maine and the rest of the country and much of the world like a bushfire right now,” said Dr. Dora Mills. “COVID has mutated in such a way that it is incredibly contagious. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a virus that contagious.” The good news, she said, is that fewer people who are hospitalized are seriously ill than last January.
Cases per 100,000 population: 42
Increase in the last 14 days: 35%
“Infections continue to rise in Bay State as virus hospitalizations surpassed 500 patients for the first time in months,” the statement said The Boston Herald reported Tuesday. “The state’s average percent positivity is now 5.63%, well up from the 1.6% rate a few weeks ago.”
Cases per 100,000 population: 39
Increase in the last 14 days: 26%
Over the past few days, New York has raised its COVID spread level from low to medium during NBC New York reported Tuesday that an even more contagious new subvariant — BA.2.12.1, which public health experts estimate is 27% more contagious than BA.2 — now accounts for the majority of cases in the state (about 70%), nearly double the national average . Officials note that the new variant does not appear to cause a more serious illness.
Follow the basics and help end this pandemic no matter where you live – get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with low vaccination Prices, enter an N95 face masknot travelling, maintaining social distancing, avoiding large crowds, not going indoors with people you are not sheltering with (especially in bars), practicing good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others do not visit none of them 35 places where you are most likely to contract COVID.
Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been featured on Beachbody and Openfit. As a writer for Eat This, Not That! he has also published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview and many others. Continue reading
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