COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated in New York State are soaring.  They have gone up by nearly 50,000 in just two weeks.  According to the most recent data released by the New York State Health Department (as of December 13, 2021), there have been almost 230,000 breakthrough cases,

226,972 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 1.8% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

 

12,916 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.10% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

Two weeks ago, as of November 29, 2021, there were almost 180,000 cases of COVID-19 among the fully vaccinated,

179,502 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 1.4% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

 

11,051 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.09% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

As of November 15, 2021, there had been 151,316 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases in fully vaccinated New Yorkers, according to the New York State Health Department.  There had been 9,636 hospitalizations of fully vaccinated residents.

151,316 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 1.2% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

 

9,636 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.08% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

That means, over approximately a month's time, COVID-19 cases reported among the fully vaccinated increased by 75,656 based on the data from November 15 to December 13.  Hospitalizations of the fully vaccinated went up by 3,280 during the same timeframe.

Across the state, 82 percent of adults 18 or older have received the full vaccine dose. Even though fully vaccinated New Yorkers are ending up in the hospital, The New York Department of Health says they are still faring better than the non-vaccinated,

Comparing the rates of COVID-19 hospitalization between fully-vaccinated and unvaccinated people using age-adjusted vaccine effectiveness, fully-vaccinated New Yorkers remain strongly protected against COVID-19 hospitalization.

 

Across the time period of analysis, fully-vaccinated New Yorkers had between an 89.9% and 95.1% lower chance of being hospitalized with COVID-19, compared to unvaccinated New Yorkers

Here's what we know about the Omicron variant so far,

1. It originated in South Africa and has since been found in Great Britain, Isreal, and other countries,

The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021.

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2. According to the World Health Organization the Omicron variant has many mutations,

This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.

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3. Omicron poses a higher threat of reinfection,

Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs.

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4. Omicron seems to have the potential to spread at a faster rate than other variants of COVID-19,

This variant has been detected at faster rates than previous surges in infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage.

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5. The WHO is reminding people that previous safety protocols should remain in place to help prevent infection from Omicron,

Individuals are reminded to take measures to reduce their risk of COVID-19, including proven public health and social measures such as wearing well-fitting masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, improving ventilation of indoor spaces, avoiding crowded spaces, and getting vaccinated.

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6. The doctor who first discovered the Omicron variant, Dr. Angelique Coetzee, says the symptoms, so far, have been mild,

What we are seeing clinically in South Africa — and remember I’m at the epicenter of this where I’m practicing — is extremely mild, for us [these are] mild cases. We haven’t admitted anyone, I’ve spoken to other colleagues of mine and they give the same picture.

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