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US Coronavirus: Some states have fewer than 10% of ICU beds left as health care


The other states are: Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont, according to HHS.

“This is part of the winter surge, part of the long haul, which is why we put so many of the mitigation strategies and measures in place early on to help provide some flexibility to hospitals and health care systems,” New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said Wednesday.

Early research indicates the Omicron variant may produce less of a chance of needing hospitalization than prior Covid-19 variants. But Omicron’s increased transmissibility means more people who are at higher risk for severe disease, such as those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised, will be infected.
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“Omicron continues to burn through the commonwealth, growing at levels we have never seen before. Omicron is significantly more contagious than even the Delta variant,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. “If it spreads at the rate we are seeing, it is certainly going to fill up our hospitals.”

While conditions are not as dire as at the start of the pandemic nearly two years ago due to the availability of vaccines and other treatment options, the staffing shortages in hospitals is a real concern during this latest surge, said Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

“The problem is that right now we have hospitals where there’s not enough nurses to take care of the patients who are coming in, the Covid patients and the non-Covid patients,” Spencer told CNN’s Laura Coates Wednesday.

“That’s exactly why we need to do everything we can to try to limit the number of people that are infected, not just those that are older or unvaccinated or not boosted, but everyone. Because each infection represents a potential to infect more people. We need to do what we can to slow that spread right now and ease the pressure on our hospitals,” Spencer said.

For those who come into emergency rooms for non-Covid reasons yet test positive, hospitals are still having to invoke quarantine protocols for those patients which puts a strain on operations, he said. And that can have an effect on all patients.

“Right now, we’re still seeing sick people that need oxygen, the overwhelming majority of which are unvaccinated. But a lot of the patients that we’re seeing right now have underlying chronic conditions that are being exacerbated,” Spencer said.

Those patients, he said, can include “someone who gets Covid is dehydrated and needs to stay in the hospital, or someone who gets Covid and is too weak and they can’t go home because they’re a fall risk. Those aren’t as bad in one sense as those kind of classic Covid patients we were seeing before. But every single patient that needs to stay in the hospital takes up a bed. And beds and staffing are what’s in short supply right now.”

A nurse suits up with protective gear before entering a patient's room January 3 at the Covid-19 ICU at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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Fully vaccinated people are accounting for a growing share of people hospitalized with Covid-19 — but hospitalizations among people who received a booster shot still are rare, and the gap in risk by vaccination status has been wide.

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Between April and July 2021, before the emergence of the Omicron variant, more than 90% of Covid-19 hospitalizations were among people who were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, according to a study published by the CDC.

But a sampling of data collected by CNN suggests that figure has dropped to somewhere between 60% and 75% in recent days and months:

• In Pennsylvania, about 75% of Covid-19 hospitalizations between September and early December 2021 were among people who were not fully vaccinated, according to data from the state health department.

• In New York, about 61% of Covid-19 hospitalizations during the week ending January 2, 2022, were among people who were not fully vaccinated, according to data from the state health department.

• Beaumont Health, the largest health care system in Michigan, reported last week that 62% of Covid-19 patients in its eight hospitals were unvaccinated.

While fully vaccinated people are accounting for a larger share of Covid-19 hospitalizations, multiple accounts suggest that those who are fully vaccinated and boosted account for a small share.

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In the University of Maryland Medical System, less than 5% of hospitalized patients were fully vaccinated and boosted, an official there said last week. Beaumont Health reported last week that only 8% of Covid-19 patients were fully vaccinated and boosted.

The CDC did not respond to CNN’s multiple requests for data on the share of Covid-19 hospitalizations by vaccination status.

The agency publishes data on its website regarding the relative risk by vaccination status. Cumulatively, the risk of hospitalization has been eight times higher for unvaccinated people than for fully…



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