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Committed to bringing you accurate, up-to-date information about the coronavirus and how to navigate this pandemic, University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is here for the people of Maryland.

About the Omicron Surge

There are a lot of facts and misconceptions about Omicron out there. Here at UMMS, we have some important facts we want you to know:

  • Vaccines Make a Difference: Unvaccinated and unboosted patients are driving the surge in hospitalizations.
  • Hospitals Are Overwhelmed: Hospitalizations are 50% higher than the 2021 peak.
  • Omicron Is Moving Fast: By the end of the first month after it was detected in the U.S., Omicron accounted for 95% of the nation's COVID cases.