COVID-19 cases up in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, hospital admissions rising
COVID-19 cases up in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, hospital admissions rising

COVID-19 cases up in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, hospital admissions rising

COVID-19 cases are rising again in and around Philadelphia as a subvariant of omicron continues to spread.

In Philadelphia, the case rate has risen 91% in the last two weeks, well above the national average, according to an analysis of New York Times data from The Inquirer. Philadelphia has averaged about 434 new cases a day over the past week, a number that is almost certainly a countdown due to the use of home tests.

Hospital admissions are also on the rise in Philadelphia. As of Wednesday, there were 142 patients in Philadelphia hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 82% over the past two weeks. The number of new COVID-19 deaths has remained low, largely thanks to widespread vaccinations that are effective in preventing serious illness.

On the other side of the river, New Jersey is facing a steeper increase in COVID-19 cases, thanks to the highly transferable BA. 2.12.1 subvariant of omicron, which has not yet become dominant in Pennsylvania.

New Jersey now has an average of nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, the highest number of new infections since early February. Per capita, New Jersey has about twice the number of new infections than Philadelphia.

“We, public health officials, predicted there would be an increase, three weeks or a month after Easter, and that’s what we think we’re seeing right now,” Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako told the Inquirer. “We’ll see what happens at the end of May.”

COVID-19 hospital admissions have risen 42% in New Jersey over the past two weeks, but are still well below the peak reached during the initial omicron wave in the winter.

Six counties in South Jersey – Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Ocean and Gloucester – have “high” levels of COVID-19 in society, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends wearing a mask indoors in counties with high transmission. The CDC looks at measurements that include cases, hospitalizations, and hospital capacity to determine community levels.

“This framework was designed to be predictable and predict where we will see further increases in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing Wednesday. “And they are meant to inform communities, local leaders, and individuals about when and what preventive measures need to be implemented in their local environment.”

Delaware has an average of 514 new cases a day, COVID-19 test positivity rates have risen above 18%, and two of the state’s three counties – Kent and Sussex – have a “high” spread rate. Hospital admissions have also increased by 20% in Delaware over the past two weeks, although the number of patients admitted to intensive care units has remained low.

The rise in new infections comes as leading health officials in the Biden administration warn of a significant jump in new cases and an increase in hospitalizations. The new increase is mostly driven by omicron subvariants that are more transmissible than previous versions of the virus, matched with diminishing protection over time, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“Vaccines continue to provide strong protection against serious illness, and that’s why, as cases increase … the discrepancy or relationship between hospitalization and cases is clearly much smaller than it was in the delta wave,” Fauci said during Wednesday’s briefing. . “But immunity is declining and that’s why it’s so important to stay up to date with vaccines and especially boosters.”

If you test positive for COVID-19, the CDC says you should stay home for at least five days and isolate yourself from others in your house, regardless of your vaccination status. If you need to be around others, wear a well-fitting mask. You can finish your isolation after five days if you no longer have symptoms or are fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms get better.

Consider the day you were exposed to a person with COVID-19 as day 0. The five days would begin the day after you last had contact with the person who had COVID-19.

The CDC recommends taking continued precautions for the next five days after isolation, which includes wearing a well-fitting mask while you are around others and not traveling. If you were severely affected by COVID-19 and became very ill, or have a weakened immune system, the CDC recommends isolating you for at least 10 days. You should also consider consulting your doctor before ending your isolation.

If you have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to be quarantined unless you develop symptomswhich include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches or headache, loss of taste or smell, stuffy nose or runny nose, nausea and diarrhea.

If you are not up to date on your vaccinations and were in close contact with someone with COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you be quarantined for five days and wear a mask while you are around others for 10 days, regardless of your symptoms.

More information is available on the CDC website.

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