Folks, there’s a new COVID in town –it’s called Lambda.
Houston Methodist Hospital just confirmed a patient to be infected with the Lambda variant, which first emerged in Peru in 2020, according to local news station KHOU11.
Houston Methodist said in a statement,
“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.
The increased hospitalizations add stress to many of our hospitals that are nearing capacity.”
Houston Methodist said it had a little over 100 COVID-19 patients across its hospital system a week ago, but that number has now spiked to over 185. At least 85% of those patients have been diagnosed with the Delta variant and the majority of patients were unvaccinated.
The hospital urged Texans to get vaccinated, saying “far too many people” were choosing not to.
Dr. Randall Olsen, the medical director of the hospital’s Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory said,
“If you’re not yet vaccinated, now is the time.
Vaccination will protect you from the Delta variant (and other variants), and, in the end, is our best way out of the pandemic.”
Houston Methodist is the same hospital that suspended & then fired hundreds of staff members who refused to get the COVID vaccine despite a mandate for staff to be inoculated. HM oversees eight hospitals and has more than 26,000 employees. Over 100 of those former employees are suing the hospital after refusing to get vaccinated.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average of new daily cases this week is up 66% from last week and 145% from two weeks ago, as cases surge in 44 states, In addition, hospitalizations are up 26% from last week.