CDC predicts rise in COVID hospitalizations and deaths in coming weeks

May 6, 2022 — The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths in the United States is expected to increase over the next 4 weeks, according to national projections used by the CDC.

The national model also predicts about 5,000 deaths over the next two weeks, with Ohio and New York projected to see the largest daily death totals in the coming weeks.

These figures follow several weeks of steady increases in infections across the country. According to the New York Times data tracker, more than 67,000 new cases are reported each day, a 59% increase over the past two weeks.

In the Northeast, infection rates rose by nearly 65 percent. In New York and the cheap jersey wholesale district, infection rates have risen by about 55% over the past two weeks.

Hospitalizations have also begun to climb, with about 19,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized nationwide and 1,725 in intensive care, according to the latest data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Last week, hospital admissions increased by 20% and emergency room visits increased by 18%.

CDC forecasts show an increase in hospitalizations in 42 states and territories over the next two weeks. Florida, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin saw the largest increases.

On average, more than 2,200 COVID-19 patients are entering hospitals every day, a recent increase of about 20 percent this week, according to ABC News. It also marks the highest number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization since mid-March.

Public health officials cited several factors contributing to the rise in cases, such as states lifting mask-wearing mandates and other safety restrictions, ABC News reported. Highly infectious Omicron subvariants, such as BA.2 and BA.2.12.1, continue to circulate in the United States and evade immunity from previous infections.

The BA.2 subvariant accounts for 62% of new cases nationwide, according to the latest CDC data. The BA.2.12.1 subvariable accounts for approximately 36% of new cases in the United States, but 62% in the New York area.