The increase in COVID-19 cases affects people’s lives all around the U.S.
Experts warn of a COVID-19 rise in the U.S. as the Omicron form explodes at an unprecedented rate.
As of Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 386,000 new infections per day.
On Saturday, Jan. 1, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a press conference that there were 85,476 more recorded COVID-19 cases in the state.
After a substantial spike in staffing shortages and overcrowding in emergency departments, the University of Maryland Capital Region Health recently activated emergency measures.
Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio announced the deployment of around 1,250 National Guard members on Wednesday, Dec. 29, as hospitals face labor shortages.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, that an “increased number” of its staff had tested positive for the virus and that “to maintain safety, traffic volume at some facilities could be reduced, which might result in delays during busy periods.”
On Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey had reported over 28,000 new COVID-19 infections through PCR testing.
New case counts have also been recorded in Arkansas, Maryland, and New York.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) in New England has encouraged the state education commissioner to close schools on Monday, Jan. 3, except for staff COVID-19 testing.
However, the state’s Office of Education Executive has announced that schools would reopen.
“It is disappointing,” Colleen Quinn, a spokesperson for the office, said according to CNN, “that once again the MTA is trying to find a way to close schools, which we know is to the extreme detriment of our children.”
Neighboring Fulton County Schools and DeKalb County Schools also announced on Saturday, Jan. 1, that Fulton and DeKalb plan to resume in-person learning on Jan. 10.
Several schools and institutions around the country are making changes at the start of the 2022 spring semester amid an increase in cases.