Speaking at a Congressional hearing on Thursday, Nov. 30, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Mandy Cohen stated that the recent increase in COVID-19 cases was expected after Thanksgiving due to travel and gatherings.
Nationwide, the latest data for the week ending Saturday, Nov. 25 showed a 10.6 percent increase in emergency room visits and a 10 percent increase in hospitalizations. Additionally, the test positivity rate went up 1.2 percent.
Dr. Cohen mentioned the current peak of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and a typical flu season, with expectations of more flu cases in December and January. Despite these increases, COVID-19 remains the leading cause of hospitalizations and deaths due to respiratory viruses.
You can check the COVID hospitalization level in your county by visiting this link from the CDC.
The most significant COVID-19 case increases have been observed in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. For example, new wastewater data from Minnesota showed a 50 percent increase in cases compared to pre-Thanksgiving levels.
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