2022-11-25 14:00:07

After a Year, Omicron Still Driving COVID Surges and Worries

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By Associated Press

By LAURA UNGAR, AP Science Writer

A year after omicron began its assault on humanity, the ever-morphing coronavirus mutant drove COVID-19 case counts higher in many places just as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving. It was a prelude to a wave that experts expect to soon wash over the U.S.

Phoenix-area emergency physician Dr. Nicholas Vasquez said his hospital admitted a growing number of chronically ill people and nursing home residents with severe COVID-19 this month.

Its been quite a while since we needed to have COVID wards, he said. Its making a clear comeback.

Nationally, new COVID cases averaged around 39,300 a day as of Tuesday far lower than last winter but a vast undercount because of reduced testing and reporting. About 28,000 people with COVID were hospitalized daily and about 340 died.

Cases and deaths were up from two weeks earlier. Yet a fifth of the U.S. population hasnt been vaccinated, most Americans havent gotten the latest boosters and many have stopped wearing masks.

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