Houston Methodist Hospital records first lambda variant as COVID cases double since July 1

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COVID-19 hospitalizations at Houston Methodist Hospital have increased by 70 percent over the last week, including a large number of delta variant cases and the hospital’s first recorded case of the lambda mutation, the hospital said Monday.

As of Monday morning, Methodist was treating 184 people for COVID-19, double the number recorded on July 1, CEO Marc Boom wrote in an email to hospital staff that was shared with the Chronicle.

At least one hospitalization was for the lambda variant, the first such case at Methodist.

Nearly all of the patients are unvaccinated, Boom wrote, and about 85 percent have

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Lambda COVID Variant Detected in Texas Hospital

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As it noticed a “spike” in the number of COVID-19 patients, a Texas hospital has reported its first case of the Lambda variant on Monday.

A patient at Houston Methodist Hospital was confirmed to be infected with the Lambda variant, which first emerged in Peru in 2020, KHOU11 reported.

However, the highly transmissible Delta variant continues to be responsible for most new cases in the hospital system.

“We’re seeing an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases across the Houston area, with the steepest increase happening over the weekend,” Houston Methodist said in a statement. “The increased hospitalizations add

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Maps: Hospital bed, ICU openings on MS Gulf Coast in COVID

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Hospitals on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are seeing an increase in coronavirus patients as COVID-19 cases surge during the delta variant spread.

Memorial Hospital in Gulfport saw a quadrupling increase in COVID patients over the last few weeks, an official said last week during a press conference with the Mississippi State Department of Health.

This maps show hospital bed availability and ICU capacity in real time at hospitals across Mississippi, including medical centers in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.

The data shows overall capacity, which includes but is not limited to coronavirus patients.

The data used for these maps is

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Florida hospitals on alert as COVID spikes

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A spike in patient admissions for COVID-19 has put Florida hospitals on high alert, with Miami-Dade’s Jackson Health System announcing that it would suspend visitations at many of its facilities beginning Wednesday.

Driven by a highly contagious variant of the virus and the significant share of Floridians who remain unvaccinated, the number of new infections reported weekly by Florida’s health department has increased more than fourfold in a month, from 10,095 cases for the week ending June 17 to 45,449 on Friday.

South Florida hospitals have experienced a similar though less dramatic rise in patients with severe symptoms — pushing

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Northwest Missouri hospital president warns about spread of COVID delta variant

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The president of a northwest Missouri hospital is urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the delta variant is causing more strain on hospitals and health care workers in the region.Jon Doolittle, president of Mosaic Medical Center – Albany, wrote a Facebook post last week that picked up traction after meeting with Missouri health care leaders talking about the surge in cases.”The looks of sadness on their faces made a tremendous impact on me,” Doolittle said.He said the delta variant has caused increased hospitalizations, ICU stays and deaths statewide and in northwest Missouri.”We have reason to believe that we’re … Read the rest