In a small-scale repeat of the three previous summers, COVID-19 hospital admissions have slowly increased in the United States since early July.
This summer’s increase in hospital admissions might be worrying given that an improved vaccine is still months away, but the number of patients is significantly fewer than it was previously.
The number of hospital admissions for the week ending July 29 in COVID-19 was 9,056. That is a roughly 12% increase over the previous week. But compared to previous peaks, such as the 150,000 admissions during the omicron rush of January 2022, the 44,000 weekly hospital admissions in early January, the almost 45,000 in late July, or the nearly 45,000 in late August, it’s a far cry.
According to Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “it is ticking up a little bit, but it’s not something that we need to raise any alarm bells over.”
Although there is little information, infections are probably also increasing.
The public health emergency was declared over by federal officials in May, so many states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer keep track of the quantity of positive test results.