Five months after the coronavirus pandemic began, the number of hospitalizations linked to the virus is on the rise, according to a report released Wednesday.
Hospitals in the U.S. have reported more than 4,500 infections linked to coronaviruses in that time, compared with more than 2,000 hospitalizations for the same period last year, according a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The new data underscore the need for hospitals to implement new infection prevention measures, such as limiting the number and type of patients who can come into the hospital, and strengthening protocols to limit access to emergency care, the report said.
The outbreak also underscores the need to educate patients about the risks and precautions for those who do get sick, the authors said.
“The trend of increased hospitalization for patients with respiratory illness, the emergence of novel coronaviral infections and the emergence and spread of new coronavirotic agents are all factors contributing to a heightened risk for hospitalization,” the report stated.
In addition to the rising number of infections linked with coronavira, there are also more hospitalizations in the states of New York, Connecticut, California and Massachusetts linked to H1N1, or influenza.
New York is seeing more than 20,000 new H1Ns, and the number is expected to climb to 30,000, according the CDC.
In New York State, the state’s hospitals reported that there were more than 10,000 cases of coronavire, or H1, reported in April, with nearly half of those infections linked back to the coronivirus.
A total of 4,094 cases of H1 were confirmed, including a total of 1,826 deaths, in the state, according for the Centers, which oversees the state health department.
The report also highlighted how the outbreak has impacted hospitals in California, which has had more than 12,000 confirmed coronavviruses and is also experiencing a spike in the number who contract H1s.
The state has been reporting an increase in H1 infections, but this data does not show the number has reached a new peak, the CDC said.
California, home to the largest number of patients in the United States who contracted the virus, has had a record-breaking surge in the coronovirus, with more cases and deaths than any other state.
As of Wednesday, there were 6,634 cases of influenza in California and a total 1,766 deaths, according data from the California Department of Public Health and the state Health Department.
That makes the state the second most populous state in the nation with more coronaviriens than any single state.
The California Statewide Health Department said that the state has seen more than 7,500 H1-related hospitalizations since the pandemic started.
California’s health department has said that coronavirenz is being prescribed more aggressively and is helping the state fight the coronaviars, but there are no definitive numbers on how effective the new medications are.
“We do know that a very high proportion of the state is experiencing the effects of coronoviruses,” said Dr. Paul Bausch, an epidemiologist with the California department of public health.
“There is no clear way to measure the effectiveness of the drugs, but we are seeing very positive changes in the response of the health care system.”
In Texas, the Centers said it is seeing the most cases of the coronvirus in the Lone Star State, with 4,923 cases of flu in March.
The number of H3N2 infections, also known as bird flu, is also on the increase, with 1,937 infections in March compared to 1,500 in April.
While the pandemics virus has not yet hit the U of T campus, students at the university are already being urged to wear masks and not to go outside until they have been vaccinated, the university’s vice-president of student affairs said Wednesday.
Students have been told to stay home for a week in case of a respiratory illness or illness-related coronavarres.
The university also said it was asking people who have been sickened to come back home to a designated safe area to have their cough and flu symptoms checked.