The United States now registers an average of 198,404 new cases of Covid-19 each day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Sunday. That’s 47% more than a week ago and the highest number since January 19.
“I think we’re going to see half a million cases a day – easy – over the next 10-day week,” CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner told CNN on Sunday.
About 71,000 Americans were hospitalized with Covid-19 on Sunday, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
And an average of 1,408 Americans died from Covid-19 each day during the week ending Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins. This is an increase of 17% from the previous week.
With the highly contagious variant of Omicron, “We’re definitely going to continue to see an increase (in cases) for quite some time,” Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN on Monday.
Looking ahead to New Years Eve on Friday, small gatherings of fully vaccinated people will be safe, Fauci said. But he advised people to avoid major holidays where they don’t know the immunization status of all guests.
“When you talk about a New Years party where you have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you don’t know the vaccination status, I highly recommend you: avoid that this year,” Fauci said, the director. of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
“There will be other years to do it. But not this year.”
More and more children are hospitalized with Covid-19
Pediatric hospitalizations linked to Covid-19 continue to increase and are approaching the record set in early September.
For the week ending December 24, an average of 262 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 on any given day, according to data from DHHS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s almost a 35% jump from the previous week. The record daily average of Covid-19 child hospitalizations was 342 per day in late August and early September.
New York City Enacts New Vaccine Mandate
“As we return from holiday gatherings, it is more important than ever to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 this season,” Hochul said in a statement. “The vaccine is the best tool we have to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe as the New Year approaches.”
Children aged 5 to 11 in New York City are now also required to show proof of at least one shot before being allowed into indoor dining, fitness or entertainment venues. And adults must show proof of two vaccinations for those areas.
“We have to take very bold steps,” said de Blasio. “We are seeing restrictions start to come back. We are seeing closures,” he said. “We can’t let these restrictions revert. We can’t have closures in New York.”
Healthcare workers receive new guidance on isolation – but not others
At Tufts Medical Center in Boston, the CDC’s new directive was good news.
“We have 115 staff members sick with Covid this morning who have tested positive,” COO Diana Richardson said on Monday.
“But some of them are not that seriously ill. In fact, some of them are completely asymptomatic – we have a highly vaccinated population. So that will help us get these people back into the workforce.”
Vacationers stranded as Omicron skyrockets
The best way to protect yourself against serious illness is to get vaccinated and get vaccinated, Fauci said.
“Boosters are always good for any variant, but especially for Omicron,” he said.
“If you have been vaccinated and have not yet received a booster, and it is time to do so, please do so. It will make all the difference in preventing you from contracting serious illness. “
CNN’s Virginia Langmaid, Deidre McPhillips, Artemis Moshtaghian, Jacqueline Howard, Veronica Stracqualursi, Pete Muntean, Aaron Cooper, Wayne Sterling and Jill Martin contributed to this report.