A major Florida hospital has revealed that nearly half of the patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 are incidentals, meaning that they were admitted for non-COVID reasons.
This due to testing protocols when entering a hospital for care.
The Jackson Health System hospitals tweeted that of the 439 patients, 220 are admitted "primarily for non-COVID reasons."
"Of the 439, 96 are vaccinated; 46 of whom are immunocompromised transplant patients," Jackson Health System wrote Tuesday morning.
Incidental cases have proven to be a factor in several countries' coronavirus figures since the mild Omicron variant became the primary variant of concern.
This adds an additional level of complexity to reading data, as not all cases in hospital with COVID-19 are there for COVID-19 symptoms.
Other countries that have shown a high amount of incidentals include South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Data published by the UK National Health Service for example, revealed that a third of the over 8,000 COVID-positive cases were admitted to hospital.
Chris Hopson, the head of the the umbrella group NHS Providers, tweeted that the level of incidental COVID-19 admissions "was a key factor in how senior managers were planning their hospital capacity," reports Business Insider.
South Africa saw an even higher degree of incidental cases from Omicron, with the country's Gauteng province reporting that 76 percent of the 166 patients admitted to hospital were incidental COVID-19 cases.
The problem of incidental COVID-19 cases is known to politicians such as the freedom-loving Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said during a press conference yesterday that incidental COVID-19 cases could make up a large number of hospitalizations.
Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York also said on Monday that all hospitals would be asked to document how many cases are incidental.