CBS News reports:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now forecasting an acceleration in new COVID-19 hospitalizations over the coming month, the agency said this week, replacing a previous projection that admissions would “remain stable or have an uncertain trend.”
It comes as health officials are racing to study a new highly mutated COVID variant called BA.2.86, nicknamed “Pirola” on social media, that has begun to emerge around the world. Weekly new hospitalizations jumped 21.6% this past week, the CDC said, marking a fifth straight week of increasing admissions.
While far from previous peaks seen of the virus, the worsening COVID trends translates to nearly 10 million Americans now living in areas the CDC deems to be at “medium” COVID-19 levels. Florida’s Palm Beach and Hillsborough counties are among the most populous communities at this tier.
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