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Number of U.S. Hospitalized COVID Patients Reaches New Record Low

Number of U.S. Hospitalized COVID Patients Reaches New Record Low

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers in the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic, offering a much-needed break to health care workers and patients alike following the omicron surge.

The number of patients hospitalized in the U.S. with the coronavirus has fallen more than 90% in more than two months, and some hospitals are going days without a single COVID-19 patient in the ICU for the first time since early 2020.

Hospitalizations are now at their lowest point since the summer of 2020, when comprehensive national data first became available. The average number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last week nationwide dropped to 11,860, the lowest since 2020 and a steep decline from the peak of more than 145,000 set in mid-January. The previous low was 12,041 last June, before the Delta variant took hold.

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Hospitals are also seeing dramatically decreased wait times for emergent patients or those who need routine tests, such as an MRI, which could take almost a full day for results during the peak of the pandemic. They’re also beginning to ease restrictions on their visitor policies. During the peak of the pandemic, no visitors were allowed in facilities overrun with COVID patients, even if they wanted to visit someone who was not hospitalized with the coronavirus. Now most hospitals are lifting all restrictions on not only the number of visitors, but many are also dropping testing requirements for visitors. So far, no significant increase in new infections from increased visitations has been noted, but patient stays have shortened, as studies have proven patients tend to heal better when they have access to their family and loved ones.

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