While federal officials have said the United States’ battle with the Omicron variant, several major cities have begun reaching the point where infection case numbers are starting to drop off.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said during an interview with CNN earlier this week that some areas of the country that were first to struggle with the Omicron variant’s surge have begun to see case numbers decline.
Other areas that were slower to battle the variant have yet to report peaking case numbers.
The nationwide rise in new cases has been widely credited to the rapid spread of Omicron, which was first reported to the World Health Organization in November.
The variant’s presence was first confirmed in the U.S. in early December. By the end of 2021, Omicron cases had been reported in all 50 U.S. states.
In New York, COVID-19 infection data released Wednesday showed the seven-day average of new hospital admissions down 18.4% from the previous week.
The seven-day average of new cases is down 436% from the previous seven days, and the seven-day average of cases per 100,000 people is “declining in all regions.”
“We are continuing to turn the corner against the winter surge thanks to New Yorkers getting vaccinated, boosted, and masking up,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “But we can’t let our guard down and undo all of the progress we’ve made. Please keep wearing your masks and make sure you get your vaccination or booster as soon as possible.”
On Thursday morning, WNBC said that new data covering the week of Jan. 10 showed both breakthrough and unvaccinated infection rates dropping and hospitalizations beginning to trend downward.
Last week, doctors at Connecticut’s two largest health care systems said they believe the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may be peaking there.
The Washington Post also previously reported that experts in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia said COVID-19 might be peaking there.
The Massachusetts Gov. Charlies Baker seemed to start resisting to lessen on the strict mandates, my making assumptions COVID will come back, “straight up and then straight down,” Baker said. “The one thing I would say of COVID is generally you just never know, but it certainly does look like we are very much on the backside of the omicron surge in Massachusetts.”
Gov. J.B. Pritzker told reporters at a briefing that since hitting a statewide all-time high of hospital patients on Jan.13, that count has dropped nearly 12%.
It seems since the CDC was called out for how they are reporting their COVID hospitalization classifications, hospital rates for COVID cases have dropped dramatically.