By NICHOLAS KAPLAN/Reuters The number of Americans who have been diagnosed with COVID in the United States has surged since the virus emerged in 2014, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the past year, more than 1.3 million Americans have been confirmed to have the virus, up from 1.1 million in 2015, the CDC reported on Wednesday.
The rate of new cases is also higher than in 2015 and 2016, when the number of confirmed cases was roughly equal to the rate of cases reported by the public.
The latest data also indicates a slight uptick in the number who are taking COVID treatment.
In 2016, nearly 3.2 million people were taking COV-19 drugs, up by about 1,200 from the previous year.
The number who were hospitalized was nearly 4 million in 2016, up more than 40% from the number hospitalized in 2015.
The CDC reported that the number for COVID was still at a relatively low level in 2017, though its overall numbers suggest a slight decrease.
The number of new confirmed cases also rose in the first quarter of 2018, the first time since at least 2015 that the rate has been higher than the overall rate.
The increase in new COVID cases in 2018 is largely due to people being treated at hospitals that have higher levels of surveillance and infection control measures than those in previous years.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also reported a rise in COV infections, from 1,813,000 in the prior quarter to 2,838,000.