Recently released data shows that almost one in every 1,000 unvaccinated Big Apple residents is hospitalized because of COVID-19 – a rate so high that it literally went off the chart!
Statistics from the City Health Department, published Thursday, showed that the weekly hospitalization rate for unvaccinated individuals was 97.46 per day. 100,000 during the week ending December 18th.
This is an increase from a weekly rate of 49.93 per. 100,000 pr. 11 December and 33.21 per. 100,000 pr. December 4th.
But the city’s website showed these numbers on a graph with a vertical axis that peaked at 50, so the latest figure could not initially be plotted on it.
The chart needed to be resized so it could capture the latest data, the DOH said.
Recent figures also show that the weekly hospitalization rate for vaccinated individuals suffering from breakthrough COVID-19 infections dropped to just 3 out of 100,000 on 18 December from 5.12 a week earlier.
The city’s hospitals admitted 1,142 people with COVID-19, whose vaccination status is known during the week ending December 18, according to the DOH.
Of that number, 986 – 86.3 percent – were unvaccinated, while the remaining 13.7 were fully vaccinated and suffered from breakthrough infections.
It is unclear whether any of the vaccinated patients had also received booster shots.
The percentage of unvaccinated patients is more than three times the 27.7 percent of the city’s residents who have not been vaccinated.
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Northwell Health, which operates the state’s largest hospital network, said it treated 1,068 COVID-19 patients, 74 percent of whom are unvaccinated.
But the remaining 26 percent of patients who have been vaccinated have all compromised the immune system due to other diseases, including cancer and diabetes, a Northwell spokesman said.
About 10 percent of Northwell’s COVID-19 patients are being treated in intensive care units, where the ratio of unvaccinated to vaccinated is 66-33, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, figures from the state Department of Health, released Thursday, showed a positivity rate of 22.05 percent among people tested for coronavirus, the highest since April 24, 2020, when it was 22.5 percent.
But few tests were available at the time, during the first, deadly wave of the pandemic.