COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US set another record high last week, with a 7-day average of 21,086 new hospitalizations per day. The CDC is also reporting a surge in the number of current hospitalizations, up from an average of 125,106 hospitalized COVID-19 patients on January 10 to 142,595 on January 17, an increase of 14% over that period. The current average is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.
A total of 249.7 million individuals have received at least 1 vaccine dose, equivalent to 75.2% of the entire US population. Among adults, 87.1% have received at least 1 dose, as well as 24.7 million children under the age of 18. A total of 209.5 million individuals are fully vaccinated, which corresponds to 63.1% of the total population. Approximately 73.6% of adults are fully vaccinated, as well as 19.3 million children under the age of 18. Since August 13, 81.7 million fully vaccinated individuals have received an additional or booster dose. An estimated 39% of fully vaccinated individuals have received a booster, including 62.3% of fully vaccinated adults aged 65 years or older.
Due to increased demand and supply issues, the FDA added blood specimen collection tubes to the medical device shortage list and recommended reducing lab testing (eliminate duplicate tests, extend time intervals, etc.) and utilizing point of care testing that does not require collection tubes.
CSSE is reporting 69,426,072 positive cases in the U.S. and 861,049 deaths.