The New York State Department of Health is reporting an increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions, although numbers are still low compared to the height of the pandemic.
The latest data, from August 2nd, shows hospital admissions increased 22% compared with the previous week and are now at 0.6 per 100,000 residents on average, which translates to more than 100 admissions per day. Reported cases are also 55% higher than the previous week, for an average of 824 reported cases per day across the state. However, it’s important to note that most cases are not reported, so hospitalizations are a more reliable indicator. There are currently no concerns with hospital bed capacity.
“As we once again see an increase in cases of COVID-19 in the State, I urge all New Yorkers to remember COVID is a treatable disease,” State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “COVID tests are easy to use as well as highly accurate. If you test positive, speak with a health care provider about treatment, which can prevent hospitalization and death.”
As New Yorkers travel and gather for picnics, reunions, a day at the beach, and other summer fun, it’s important to be mindful of COVID’s ongoing presence, and those in high-risk groups should consider taking precautions to prevent serious illness from the virus.
Those who think they may be ill with COVID-19 should get tested. Symptoms of possible infection include:
- Fever or chills
- New loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
At-home tests are available at local pharmacies. If a test is positive, it’s important to begin treatment as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms to ensure the utmost effectiveness. COVID-19 medications are widely available by prescription through doctors, pharmacies, and health care clinics. Antivirals such as Paxlovid are most effective when started within five days of the onset of symptoms. Individuals who do not have a regular healthcare provider can find locations for treatment here.
Those who test positive should also avoid contact with others, including staying home from work, school, and social activities.