COVID, Summer 2024

As Independence Day approaches, it’s clear that COVID-19 is still a concern. Emergency departments (EDs) are seeing a noticeable uptick in COVID-19 symptoms. According to the CDC, COVID-19 related ED visits increased by 23% during the week of June 16-22. States with larger populations experienced even higher spikes.

  • Florida: 35%
  • Texas: 29%
  • New York: 24%

Despite this rise, COVID-19 cases constitute less than 1% of all ED visits across the country.

Hospitalization rates have remained stable and significantly lower compared to December 2023.

Age-adjusted death rates have also remained low.

Summary: COVID-19 cases in EDs are increasing, especially in states like Florida (+35%). However, the overall percentage of ED visits due to COVID-19 is still low. Hospitalization and death rates remain low in absolute terms.

Implications for the ED: With the holiday approaching, a continued increase in cases is likely as people gather with friends and family. This may lead to more complications. Stay informed on case definitions and treatment for COVID-19 related illnesses by reading the following resources:

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