As BA.2 variant causes surge in cases in New York, cases also begin to rise in the Midwest – NBC Chicago

As New York begins to see an omicron subvariant become the dominant strain in the city, the Midwest is also beginning to see more cases emerge.

According to the latest numbers from NYC Health, the city is now averaging 892 new COVID cases per day over the past week.

That’s a 29% increase from a week ago, when the city averaged 689 cases a day, officials said.

The daily average has risen 53.5% over the past two weeks, officials said, with the city hitting a low of 581 cases per day in early March.

The city’s positivity rate currently stands at 1.89%, but the number remains stable at this time, officials said.

According to the CDC, the so-called “stealth” variant of omicron BA.2 has led to an increase in cases in the New York area, with the strain now accounting for at least 52% of new COVID cases in the region in recent times. weeks, according to estimates.

Nationally, the BA.2 variant is responsible for 35% of new infections.

The “stealth” subvariant of omicron is not the dominant strain in Chicago right now, officials said, but it likely will be by the end of next month.

According to the CDC, the BA.2 subvariant accounted for just over 30% of new COVID cases in a six-state region, including Illinois, over the past week.

While the numbers are still low in the city of Chicago in terms of new COVID cases, there is an increase in cases that has been noted by health experts. The city was averaging 177 new COVID cases per day on Thursday, a 29% increase from a week ago when the city was at 137.

The city’s positivity rate is currently at 0.9%, which is also up from last week, officials said.

NBC Chicago

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