Because of the large number of people living in NYC, our widespread testing facilities and network of hospitals, NYC can produce almost immediate COVID statistics (other than positive results from home tests which are not always reported). Thus the statistics below provide factual support (yet again) for the efficacy of the vaccines.
NYC hospitalization rate for unvaccinated nearly 1 in 1,000
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Newly released data shows that nearly one in every 1,000 unvaccinated Big Apple residents is being hospitalized for COVID-19 — a rate so high it literally went off the chart!
City Health Department statistics released Thursday showed that the weekly hospitalization rate for unvaccinated people was 97.46 per 100,000 during the week that ended Dec. 18.
That’s up from a weekly rate of 49.93 per 100,000 as of Dec. 11 and 33.21 per 100,000 as of Dec. 4.
But the city’s website was displaying those figures on a graph with a vertical axis that topped out at 50, so the latest number initially couldn’t be plotted on it.
The chart had to be resized so it could capture the latest data, the DOH said.
The latest figures also show that the weekly hospitalization rate for vaccinated people suffering breakthrough COVID-19 infections dropped to just 3 per 100,000 on Dec. 18 from 5.12 a week earlier.
City hospitals admitted 1,142 people with COVID-19 whose vaccination status is known during the week that ended Dec. 18, according to the DOH.
Of that number, 986 — 86.3 percent — were unvaccinated, while the remaining 13.7 were fully vaccinated and suffering from breakthrough infections.
It’s unclear if 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 city residents who aren’t vaccinated.
Northwell Health, which runs the state’s largest hospital network, said it was treating 1,068 COVID-19 patients, of whom 74 percent are unvaccinated.
But the remaining 26 percent of patients, who’ve been vaccinated, all have compromised immune systems due to other illnesses, including cancer and diabetes, a Northwell spokesperson 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 spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, state Health Department figures released Thursday showed a 22.05 percent positivity rate among people tested for the coronavirus, the highest since April 24, 2020, when it was 22.5 percent.
But few tests were available at that time, during the first, deadly wave of the pandemic.