NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York broke one other COVID file, with 44,000 new circumstances reported Friday.
Wanting on the numbers: Almost 360,000 assessments in in the future, with 12.4% of the outcomes arising optimistic. Hospitalizations are additionally on the rise, with pediatric admissions up four-fold.
-359,191 Take a look at Outcomes Reported
-4,744 Hospitalizations (+210)
-69 new deaths reported by healthcare amenities by way of HERDS pic.twitter.com/ca0jaornPw
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 24, 2021
The state has issued a warning to oldsters, saying youngsters 5 and older ought to get vaccinated.
With Christmas gatherings on the road, many New Yorkers had been scrambling Friday to get examined. The city handed out thousands of at-home test kits in all 5 boroughs.
“As a substitute of going to the hospital, my associate was there yesterday for seven hours ready to be examined,” mentioned Martinez Irving.
“I’m vaccinated twice, however I didn’t get my booster but. So this helps,” one other individual mentioned.
The rise in circumstances has prompted Gov. Kathy Hochul to loosen quarantine guidelines for fully vaccinated essential workers. She says they will return to work masked 5 days after testing optimistic, however provided that they’re asymptomatic and have had no fever for 72 hours.
FIND TESTING SITES: Click here for New York City’s testing site locator, together with cellular websites and at-home appointments
The New York State Nurses Affiliation is reacting to the CDC’s new steering, decreasing the isolation interval for healthcare staff. Its assertion contains “this steering is inconsistent with confirmed science, obscure and doesn’t present definitions or clarify requirements at a time when decision-making for healthcare programs is crucial.”
Right here’s their full assertion:
NYSNA condemns the Facilities for Illness Management (CDC)’s current emergency steering as probably harmful for healthcare staff and the communities we serve.
This steering is inconsistent with confirmed science, obscure, and doesn’t present definitions or clarify requirements at a time when decision-making for healthcare programs is crucial.
The CDC’s “contingency” methods for “when staffing shortages are anticipated”, enable vaccinated healthcare staff who’ve greater danger exposures to proceed to work and contaminated healthcare staff to work after 5 days, “so long as they’re properly sufficient.”
Healthcare employee an infection charges are usually not being tracked and there’s no substantial proof behind the CDC altering this steering. However there’s a healthcare staffing disaster the CDC cited because the justification for it.
We do know vaccination gives a spectrum of safety from an infection relying on the kind of vaccine, time since final dose, and immune standing. The CDC itself admits, “Permitting HCP with SARS-CoV-2 an infection or higher-risk exposures to return to work earlier than assembly the traditional standards may end in healthcare-associated SARS-CoV-2 transmission.”
So it is not sensible to not take each measure which would cut back danger of healthcare employee an infection.
However the CDC modified these tips, with out requiring all healthcare staff be equipped with N95s, residence testing kits, or requiring transportable HEPA filtration in areas like break rooms- measures that may shield healthcare staff and their sufferers.
Not prioritizing the protection and retention of healthcare staff from the start of the pandemic is what exacerbated staffing shortages. That’s job #1 in pandemic response.
This steering is simply going to worsen the scarcity and put our sufferers in danger. Our healthcare staff deserve higher and our sufferers deserve higher.