Federal modelling suggests ‘very intense’ Omicron surge within weeks – CBC

Federal modelling suggests ‘very intense’ Omicron surge within weeks – CBC

by tmnationtalk on January 17, 202279 Views

Omicron variant will push hospital admissions to ‘extremely high levels,’ public health agency says

Jan 14, 2022

New modelling released today by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) suggests the highly transmissible Omicron variant will push hospital admissions to “extremely high levels” in the coming weeks as case counts reach levels never before seen in this country.

While there is a lot of uncertainty about how many new infections are being reported each day due to ongoing COVID-19 testing constraints, PHAC said the current test positivity rate suggests the variant is running rampant and there will be “several weeks of very intense activity expected to come.”

Nationally, the positivity rate is a stunning 28 per cent. That means more than one in four tests for the virus are coming back positive — nearly five times higher than the rate at any other point in the pandemic.

That sky-high number may be skewed by testing limitations, now that some provinces and territories are restricting testing access to groups most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-modelling-very-intense-omicron-surge-1.6315123

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