The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19 has surpassed 10,000 for the first time since May 2020, state officials said.
The soaring number comes as the Omicron variant continues to ravage the Empire State, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that the new strain may account for up to 99 percent of all cases in the region, NBC-TV said in a report Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
The CDC said Omicron accounts for at least 92 percent of cases nationwide.
“The best way to protect ourselves and our children from getting hospitalized with COVID is with the vaccine and booster,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement.
“As we continue to fight the winter surge, let’s continue to use these tools,” she said. “Get your second dose and booster when eligible, get your children vaccinated, remember to wear a mask, and stay home if you’re not feeling well. If we don’t, more New Yorkers will continue to get sick.”
According to new statistics released by state health officials Tuesday, there are now 10,411 people in the state hospitalized with the virus, with 1,758 new patients admitted on Monday alone.
Of those, more than 1,300 patients are in intensive care units, with 625 in ICUs with intubation, according to the state.
There were 99 new deaths from the virus reported, with the state total now at 48,798.
There were more than 236,000 COVID test results reported Monday, with 53,276 of those testing positive — an average of 22.5 percent of those tested, the stats show.
Hochul continues to push the vaccination and booster shots, with the state reporting that the Empire State has now administered nearly 34 million doses, including more than 640,000 over the week ending on Monday.
As of Monday, the Big Apple recorded a seven-day average of more than 439 COVID cases per 100,000 residents, with 21.7 percent of those tested testing positive.
The Bronx topped the five boroughs with nearly 28 percent positive results.
Across the US, the nation has hit a new record with 1 million new cases Monday.