The number of patients in Tennessee hospitals who have COVID-19 remains high, at more than 3,500 across the state. While case counts and hospitalizations are starting to decline in other parts of the United States, they remain high in our region, continuing to stress our hospitals and clinics.
As continues to be the case, the weekly data showing hospitalizations for patients with COVID-19 in our hospitals have some limitations but do reflect the ongoing burden on hospitals and clinics.
The omicron variant can cause mild symptoms or even no symptoms, especially among vaccinated people. Some of these hospitalized patients may have incidental COVID infection. These data also do not reflect booster status among those who are at least “fully vaccinated.”
In addition to increased numbers of people needing testing and care, our staffs are also stretched as doctors, nurses and others get infected and need to isolate. We appreciate your understanding and patience with wait times and rescheduled procedures.
Reported cases, positivity rates, and transmission remain high. Please take precautions to help limit the spread: avoid crowds, wear masks in public indoor places and wash your hands well and often.
Vaccination and boosters remain the best way to reduce risk of serious illness and hospitalization. Data are emerging that show a boosted individual is more protected against infection with the omicron variant than those who have not been boosted. Even if not boosted, a vaccinated person is at lower risk of infection and, if infected, severe complications with omicron. And don’t forget the flu vaccine – we’re seeing a lot of flu and other winter illnesses along with COVID.
These data reflect patients hospitalized over the 7-day period ending Jan. 29 on our Nashville campus, including our Children's Hospital; Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. The lighter blue bars reflect patients who are "partially vaccinated," meaning they’re between 2 doses or have had 2 doses less than 14 days ago. The “fully vaccinated” group includes those with and without a booster. Those without boosters may have higher risk of infection.