Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed over 5.4 million people, including over 837,000 US population, according to statistics.
According to statistics from CDC, 62.5 percent of the population in the US has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Low bed capacity has forced the state of New York to order 40 hospitals to cancel non-emergency, non-urgent elective procedures for the next two weeks. Upstate New York is home to the majority of the state’s hospitals.
The decision was taken after the state department of health placed the hospital sites on the list of “high-risk areas” because 90% of beds were filled on a seven-day average.
“We will use every available tool to help ensure that hospitals can manage the COVID-19 winter surge,” Dr. Mary Bassett, acting State Health Commissioner, said in a statement Saturday. “I want to remind New Yorkers that getting vaccinated and boosted remains the best way to protect against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. Vaccination also protects our hospital system. We cannot return to the early months of the pandemic when hospitals were overwhelmed.”
A total of 40 healthcare institutions are spread over three different regions: the Central New York, Finger Lakes, and Mohawk Valley.
On Friday, the New York State Department of Health reported 90,132 cases of COVID-19 and 154 fatalities in the state.
11,843 COVID- There are now 19 patients in the state’s hospitals. According to the governor’s office, 42 percent of those admitted to the hospital were not there because of COVID.
“There is an answer to this winter surge and it’s simple: the vaccine and the booster,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “Our vaccination rate among children is still too low. Parents and guardians don’t delay in getting your children vaccinated and boosted, if eligible.”
According to the governor’s office, statistics as of Friday revealed that 94% of the sequences uploaded by NY State between December 24 and January 6 were of the omicron variety.
The number of new cases in Los Angeles County in a single day has surpassed 43,000 for the first time, according to health authorities on Friday.
There was a record high of 37,500 on Thursday.
According to the county’s health department, 2,902 persons have been hospitalized with COVID-19.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, stated that those who have been immunized are “between 10 and 30 times less likely to need hospital care than those unvaccinated.”
“Every resident can also do their part to protect our healthcare personnel and hospitals. Please get vaccinated or boosted as soon as possible if eligible,” she said in a statement.