New York made a major adjustment to how hospitals report patient intake by distinguishing between hospitalizations with COVID or because of COVID, as the omicron variant of the coronavirus surges.
“So we’re looking at a critical moment, but we’re going to start asking some questions. We talked about the hospitalizations. I have always wondered, we’re looking at the hospitalizations of people testing positive in a hospital,” Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday. “Is that person in the hospital because of COVID or did they show up there and are routinely tested and showing positive and they may have been asymptomatic or even just had the sniffles.”
“Someone is in a car accident, they go to the emergency room, they test positive for COVID while they’re there. They’re not there being treated for COVID.”