Omicron live updates: 11 medical center staffers test positive, some with omicron

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 792,000 Americans.

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JUST IN: Over 200 million Americans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to newly updated data from the CDC. On average, about 1.9 million shots are being administered each day, federal data shows.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 792,000 Americans.

from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.On average, about 1.9 million shots are being administered each day, federal data shows. About half a million of those shots are first doses and nearly 1 million are boosters.-ABC News' Arielle Mitropoulos

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Massachusetts hospital running at 120% capacityLinkShare to TwitterEmail this articleMassachusetts is facing a surge, even though more than 72% of the state's total population is fully vaccinated. The state's daily case average is at its highest point in nearly a year and new hospital admissions have more than doubled in the last month.

In central Massachusetts, the UMass Memorial Health System is seeing more patients than at any other point in the pandemic.At UMass Memorial Medical Center, all 450 beds are full and 75 patients were waiting in the ER Wednesday for a bed, including seven ICU patients. Between 60% and 75% of the patients aren't vaccinated.

"This is the worst we've ever seen it,” UMass Memorial Health Care president and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson told ABC News Wednesday. “We're running at more than 120% of capacity right now,”Dickson said he is “extremely concerned” about how the health system will handle potential increases over the next several weeks and months.

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"We're holding on right now today. But if this keeps on going up for the next five, six weeks, I'm not quite sure where we're going to get everyone in,” Dickson said.-ABC News' Arielle MitropoulosMaine governor activates national guard for state's record hospitalizations

LinkShare to TwitterEmail this articleMaine Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday that she's activated up to 75 National Guard members to help hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.Portland Press Herald via Getty Images, FILEGovernor Janet Mills adjusts her mask as she talks with the press during a visit to MaineHealths high-volume vaccination clinic at Scarborough Downs, Maine, March 5, 2021.

Maine currently has a record high of 379 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, including 60 people on ventilators, Mills' office said."The vast majority" of the patients aren't fully vaccinated, the governor's office said.Only 42 ICU beds are available in the state, according to the governor's office.

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Besides the National Guard members, Mills said she's requested federal COVID-19 surge response teams for two hospitals. If approved, the federal government could provide extra doctors, nurses and other staff.11 medical center staffers test positive, some with omicron

LinkShare to TwitterEmail this articleEleven staff members at Oakland Medical Center in California have tested positive for COVID-19, and most cases are omicron, Kaiser Permanente said in a statement.Their exposure was linked to an out-of-state wedding, Kaiser Permanente said.

The staffers are isolated at home with mild symptoms, Kaiser Permanente said, adding that they're all fully vaccinated, including boosters."The potential window of exposure at our facility was brief and isolated, as the few affected staff members, who are in patient-facing roles, worked briefly prior to being symptomatic or tested and all adhered to COVID-19 infection prevention guidance," Kaiser Permanente said."We have identified 8 patients and 8 staff who were potentially exposed; 13 have tested negative for COVID-19 and the remainder are in process. To date, there have been no COVID-19 cases among them."

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