Omicron surge hasn’t hit rural communities … yet

1/17/2022 8:01:00 PM

The counties already hit by omicron were prepared to handle it. But what about the smattering of communities with zero ICU beds available?

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The urban counties already hit by omicron were prepared to handle it. But what about the smattering of rural communities with zero ICU beds available?

The counties already hit by omicron were prepared to handle it. But what about the smattering of communities with zero ICU beds available?

ByDante ChinniWASHINGTON — Since it arrived in the United States, the Covid-19 virus has been a national story that is felt at the local level. Different communities have experienced the worst of the pandemic at different times. The pandemic started as a coastal story back in 2020, but it wasn’t long until it moved into the country as the virus spread.

Now, the omicron variant could take those local differences to new heights, driven by discrepancies in vaccination rates and hospital availability, and the data suggests that rural communities, in particular, could be headed for some hard weeks ahead.

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CONCLUSION: 'Offering a low cost, readily implemented anti-viral approach, the study regimen may serve, at the least, as a stopgap modality and, perhaps, as a useful tool in combatting the pandemic.' نحن لاجئين مدنيين ابرياء لا مجال للمقارنة بيننا وبينهم Raul communities are mostly unvaccinated and are Gumpers, so I'm good with this.

Damn vaccinated clogging up the hospitals with Covid illnesses.

Health Officials Describe Winter COVID Surge At 'Near Crisis Level'Southern California experienced yet another weekend in the winter COVID-19 surge driven by the Omicron variant.

N.J. COVID deaths surpass 30,000 as state reports 121 more deaths, 14,692 casesWhile the state hits a dark milestone, cases continue to fall from the peak of the omicron-fueled surge. Actually, vaccines don't work, which is why this is an epidemic of the unvaccinated!! Wake up people!!

Expect more COVID mutations, surges ahead—WHO expertOn Sunday, the U.S. surgeon general warned that Omicron had not yet peaked in America. On Sunday, people arrested by police were offered a PHONE CALL in complete ignorance of modern technology. Holy fuck you're bad at news. Let’s stay scared! “ the U.S. surgeon general warned that Omicron had not yet peaked in America.” If not, it’s very close.

As omicron fuels surge, U.S. students stage walkouts to protest in-person classesHundreds of students in Boston and Chicago walked out of classes Friday in protests demanding a switch to remote learning as a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the omicron variant disrupted efforts at returning to in-person education around the United States. LetsGoBrandon students do what they're told , omicron is on its way out. the variant will only become weaker from here on. omicron can be treated from dollar tree. All this about literally zero deaths is an evil nefarious agenda from evil forces like those in Biden admin. Morons, led by idiots

Plano ISD approves sub pay increase, bonuses for all employees amid omicron surgeShortages caused Plano ISD’s superintendent Sara Bonser to serve as a substitute at elementary school last week. How about shut down the schools? Y’all so desperate for education and money and not caring for the students safety. People at my school get Covid and the school doesn’t report on it.

Beijing Winter Olympics tickets won’t be sold to public as Omicron surgesOfficials said they would instead “invite groups of spectators to be present on-site” during Olympic events, which are set to begin on February 4, 2022. This reminds me beginning of COVID. Chinese government put restrictions on domestic travel but left international travel unrestricted. Obviously there was a reason for this . Spread of the virus. I don’t think this time is any difference. We can’t trust China. CCP is evil . Chinese citizens are being sent to covid concentration camps cities are being locked down people cant even leave their homes who would want to go to china right now

Jan.In LA County this week, on average, the health department reported more than 40,000 new infections each day, with 1,000 more people hospitalized over the course of the last seven days.The agency is recommending that all people in high transmission counties wear masks for indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status.The World Health Organization has warned of more COVID-19 mutations, despite encouraging initial studies suggesting that the highly transmissible Omicron variant is less severe than previous strains of the virus.

16, 2022, 5:04 PM UTC By Dante Chinni WASHINGTON — Since it arrived in the United States, the Covid-19 virus has been a national story that is felt at the local level. Different communities have experienced the worst of the pandemic at different times. The individual is very contagious two days before the onset of symptoms,” said Dr. The pandemic started as a coastal story back in 2020, but it wasn’t long until it moved into the country as the virus spread. Of the people hospitalized, 886 were in intensive care (10 fewer than the previous night) and 524 were on ventilators (the same as the night before). Now, the omicron variant could take those local differences to new heights, driven by discrepancies in vaccination rates and hospital availability, and the data suggests that rural communities, in particular, could be headed for some hard weeks ahead. Dr. For weeks now, the national Covid figures have been a focus of news stories and for good reason. point of view, there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel…I think that it's going to be bumpy before we get to the end," he said.

The spike in new cases has been unlike anything the country has experienced so far in the pandemic. “The drive-thru testing sites, we’re at about 63 percent positivity of the people who are coming to get tested,” he said. This comes as some critics have wondered how many of the nation’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are of people who enter the hospital for an unrelated condition and then test positive for the virus, thus inflating the numbers. One month ago, the nation was averaging about 125,000 new Covid cases a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By the middle of last week, that average new case figure was about 783,000 a day. READ MORE: Hundreds Of Local Students Ready To Pound The Pavement For Half Marathon In Pasadena In O. That’s more than a six-fold increase new daily cases in that time. The state of 9. And to put those figures in perspective, last year at this time (in the 2021 post-holiday surge) the highest average new daily case number clocked in at about 250,000 a day, less than one-third of what the number is today., Dr.

Some note that this latest, highly transmissible variant has spread even after millions of Americans got vaccinated, but doctors argue those vaccinations have helped. Today, about 63 percent of the nation’s total population is vaccinated. “It is taking a toll given that by now, we’re almost two years into this pandemic,” he said. The state has also reported 269,864 positive antigen or rapid tests, which are considered probable cases. That might be one reason why even as cases are spiking, deaths are remaining relatively flat. And even while much of the nation’s supply of intensive care unit beds are filled today (about 83 percent are in use, according to the Department of Health and Human Services), considering the size of the current spike, the numbers could be worse.” With breakthrough infections included in the rise of cases, Dr. Some of that relatively good news on Covid, however, may be due to where the current spike in cases is hitting hardest.6 million eligible people who live, work or study in New Jersey have been fully vaccinated and more than 7.

Much like the beginning of the Covid pandemic, the early stages of omicron are mostly tied to urban areas, particularly the New York and Miami metro areas. “You don’t know how this virus is going to impact you or those that you spread it to at home,” he said. Nationally, the weekly figure for new Covid cases per 100,000 population stands at about 1,650 people. But in Miami-Dade County, the figure is over 4,000.” From clinics to testing sites all across Southern California, the latest surge is still causing deadly infections stretching resources thin, and still, rapidly spreading. More than 2. In New York City’s borough of Queens, it’s 3,650 new cases this week per 100,000 people. In the Bronx, it’s 3,531 per 100,000. They are also reminding the public to avoid unnecessary gatherings.

In Staten Island, it’s 3,447 and in Manhattan it’s 2,873. Murphy has said booster numbers in the state are lacking, and officials will focus on increasing them in the coming weeks. In other words, those urban counties and others like them are really driving the nation’s omicron numbers so far. Why? They are more likely to have people traveling in and out of the United States than other communities (they have large international airports and foreign-born populations) and they are densely packed with people (making it easier for omicron to spread once it gets into one of those communities). However, all of those counties also hold some advantages compared to the nation at large. who has received their second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least five months ago is eligible to get a booster shot. They are all above the national average for vaccination rates and they all have a decent number of ICU beds available — Miami-Dade and Manhattan in particular.

So, in a sense, they have been exposed to the worst of omicron first, but they also have some built-in ways to combat it. Other parts of the country still might be weeks away from their high point in the omicron surge, but they don’t hold those same advantages. The state does not issue daily breakdowns of the vaccine status of those who test positive, are hospitalized, or died because of the virus. Consider a scattering of rural counties. Mayes County, Oklahoma, has a rate of only 477 new weekly cases per 100,000 population — less than a third of the national figure — but only 42 percent of its residents are fully vaccinated. In Clay County, Nebraska, the new weekly case rate in 467 per 100,000 and only 40 percent are fully vaccinated. Those cases led to four hospitalizations out of 2,640 total and five deaths out of 146 total fatalities that week.

In Lewis County, Tennessee, the figures are 440 per 100,000 and 35 percent vaccinated. In Big Horn County, Wyoming, it’s 204 and 37 percent. And in Stillwater County, Montana, it’s a rate of 176 per 100,000 and 41 percent vaccinated. Officials say vaccinated people are less likely to contract the virus and much less likely to develop life-threatening cases. None of those counties have ICU beds in them and hundreds of rural counties are in the same boat. As it often is with Covid, none of this certain.

There are a lot of unknowns. For the week ending Jan. How much of omicron’s “milder” symptoms are due to vaccination and how much are due to the nature of the variant? Could the more spread-out nature of rural places offer an additional defense against omicron? But there are also some knowns here. Many of the nation’s rural counties have far lower vaccination rates than their urban counterparts. And if there is massive spread in rural communities, there simply are not a lot of rural hospitals to serve people, never mind ICU beds. The state provides total student and staff cases separately from those deemed to be in-school transmission, which is narrowly defined as three or more cases linked through contact tracing. Add in the fact that many rural communities tend to be home to older populations and the situation only looks more troubling.

Much of the hopes about omicron rest on the pattern it has shown in other countries — cases spike and then quickly fall off. That still may be the case in the United States, but for some communities it may not hold much comfort. There were active outbreaks at 550 facilities, resulting in 8,566 current cases among residents and 11,358 cases among staff as of the latest data. The timing, size and impact of those spikes will likely vary dramatically with rural communities taking a hard hit in what could be a long hard winter. Dante Chinni Dante Chinni is a contributor to NBC News specializing in data analysis around campaigns, politics and culture. . The U.