BOSTON – State health officials reported nearly 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, another increase from last week when COVID-19 hospital admissions ticked up across the region.
The State Department of Public Health’s report of 1,969 cases was a 52 percent jump from last Wednesday’s total of 1,296 infections.
The Omicron BA.2 “stealth” variant is now the dominant strain in the United States, according to the CDC. The subvariant has triggered an increase in virus cases as more people gather indoors without masks. The Boston area COVID wastewater data is rising.
Meanwhile, average positivity in Massachusetts has risen to 3.48 percent, up from 1.60 percent a few weeks ago. The positive test average for Wednesday’s count was 3.03 percent.
State health officials reported a COVID-19 death, bringing the state’s total recorded death toll to 20,167.
The daily average of COVID-19 deaths is now three. The death rate had been much higher after omicron hospitalizations increased.
After COVID admissions increased by 24 patients, the state’s total patient population is now 286 patients. Hospital admissions had increased at a rapid pace in the midst of the omicron rise, but then declined. Now the admissions seem to be rising again.
Of the COVID patients admitted across the country, 35 percent of the patients were reported as hospitalized because of COVID – and 65 percent of the hospitalized patients were reported as tested positive for COVID while they were hospitalized for other reasons.
Across the state, there are now 34 coronavirus patients in intensive care units and 15 patients have been intubated.
History of Rick Sobey, Boston Herald.