Influenza and COVID-19 Updates

Author: PDI Healthcare Clinical Team

Categories: Articles, Healthcare & Patient Care December 2, 2022
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October marked the start of the 2022-2023 Influenza season. It’s more important than ever to ensure you are protecting your health and the health of your loved ones with proper infection prevention measures. PDI is invested in providing you with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Please continue to visit this page for ongoing updates regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Influenza virus!

U.S. Influenza Activity is HIGH across the country – Week ending November 26th, 2022

  • As of November 12th, reports of Influenza-Like Illness are high and increasing across the country.
  • Approximately 25.1% of specimens tested are positive for Influenza. Majority of viruses are Influenza A (H3N2).
  • As of November 26th, 5.8% of outpatient visits were for Influenza-Like Illness (ILI), which is above the national baseline.
  • 9.7% of deaths were attributed to pneumonia, influenza, or COVID-19 (PIC), which is more than the epidemic threshold of 6.4% for this time period.
  • 2 pediatric deaths have been reported this week, (for a total of 14 so far this season)

U.S. COVID-19 Activity-Data as November 30th, 2022 1

  • As of November 30th, there have been 98,777,220 cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
  • There have been 1,077,303 total deaths in the United States.
  • As of November 30th, there have been 993,360,737 tests reported. Of those, 94,128,826 have been positive, and currently, the 7-day positivity rate is 10.72%- which is an increase from the last update.
  • As of November 16th, the 7-day average is 91.3 new cases per 100,000 people. This is an increase from the last update.

Helpful Prevention Tips:

  • Consider getting your influenza vaccination now
  • Ensure that you’re practicing social distancing measures: mask-wearing, hand hygiene, & enhanced cleaning to protect you and your loved ones. This is helpful in COVID-19 and Influenza prevention.
  • CDC has a dedicated website to provide guidance on COVID-19 vaccination and boosters
    • On October 12, 2022, CDC recommended updated (bivalent) COVID-19 boosters for children ages 5 years and older in the United States.
  • CDC has a community level COVID-19 tracker to assist with helping communities and people decide on local prevention steps