There isn’t a doubt that the virus cases are skyrocketing with the omicron variant, the latest data from NY shares that the virus is one of many problems that the hospital faces.
Data shared from the Dems Gov. Kathy Hochul shares the percentage of patients that “were admitted for non-COVID-19 conditions.” The data shows that 43% of the people in the NY hospitals fell into the category “admitted where COVID was not included as one of the reasons for admission.”
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The numbers varied from region to region, and 51% of non-C-19 cases entered hospitals in NYC.
The Central NY Region has only 20% of hospital cases non-linked to the virus, and the Capital Region came in at 23% of admissions non-C-19 related.
“I’ve admitted patients with abdominal pain, I’ve admitted patients with chest pain who had no symptoms of respiratory illness, cough or COVID, and they just ended up being COVID positive,” said Dr. Rahul Sharma, the emergency physician-in-chief for the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
In Austin, Texas, estimates put the number of virus-positive patients who enter for another reason at 30 to 40%, with the theory that they are asymptomatic regarding the virus.
Health Officials in NY are concerned about battling the seasonal increase in flu cases.
“Our biggest fear is a ‘twindemic.’ A ‘twindemic’ means that there will be a lot of COVID cases, a lot of flu cases, and those overlap cases, too, are possible,” immunologist Dr. Purvi Parikh explained.
“About 75-80 percent of all hospital beds across New York City are occupied right now, and that number, we do expect to increase,” New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said.
“I still think hospitalization data is the best data we have,” said Dr. Stephen Schrantz, an infectious disease expert at UChicago Medicine, according to NBC.
“But it is probably only useful as a relative value, meaning COVID is up or down, and not accurate as far as actual cases.”
“Looks like the conspiracy theorists who are now banned from Twitter were right all along; the official numbers were fake. Those kids were in the hospital for broken bones and appendicitis, not COVID,” Tucker Carlson said.
“It’s putting a further strain on an already incredibly strained nursing workforce,” said Kevin Romanchik, an emergency room, and critical care nurse at the University of Michigan Health System, who said fast-rising caseloads are “directly impacting our ability to care for patients in a safe manner.”
“Ventilators, needles or syringes … those things can be ordered and restocked,” said Romanchik.
“Nurses and the care we provide are finite resources. We’re not just a number at the bottom line that you can replace.”