NYC Health Commissioner: Omicron Variant Hospitalizations Far Lower Than Previous Waves

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With at least 22,478 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed on Sunday in New York state, New York City’s health director said that cases are rising quickly but hospitalizations are not.

“Right now, there are about a thousand people hospitalized with COVID-19 across New York City. That’s about a quarter of where we were at the peak of last winter’s wave and less than a tenth of where we were in the spring of 2020,” health commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said on Monday, blaming the rise in infections on the “Omicron wave.”

Chokshi echoed a narrative that has been repeated by federal health officials that unvaccinated people are at risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms due to the Omicron variant.

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