COVID Updates for Travel Nurses: March 2, 2022
New COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all dropped to lows that this country hasn’t seen since before the Omicron surge. Nationwide guidance is responding accordingly. For instance, the CDC released new guidance on mask-wearing for the U.S., effectively eliminating the recommendation that masks be worn indoors for the majority of the country.
Even areas that have previously been strict on wearing masks indoors, such as California and New York, are dropping mask mandates indoors and at school. The New York Times reports that American fears about the virus are also decreasing.
In general, the country is shifting into a whole new phase of the pandemic (the virus is still a pandemic and has not yet moved to an “endemic” phase) and it seems to be a positive one.
Here’s more on what’s happening with COVID across the country, along with travel nurse job postings if you happen to be looking to pick up a travel nursing shift anytime soon.
What’s happening with COVID-19 right now
According to the CDC’s weekly data, the COVID pandemic is entering a “new phase.”
Here’s what’s going on:
- To date, the U.S. has seen a total of 78,759,083 cases of COVID
- The death toll from COVID has reached 945,688
- The U.S. is currently averaging about 75,208 COVID cases per day (for reference, at the time of our last update the U.S. was averaging more than 378K daily cases)
- CDC data saw a significant decrease in deaths, with a rate drop of over 18% from the previous week
What’s happening in hospitals right now
Hospitalizations, alongside a drop in cases, have also been declining. According to the CDC, there has been an almost 30% decrease in hospitalizations from the past week, with around 6,060 hospitalizations over February 16–February 22, 2022.
The New York Times COVID map and tracker reports that for the first time in a month, the country has less than 2,000 deaths being reported each day. New COVID infections are down to the point they were before the Omicron surge (and hopefully will stay that way).
Related to the decrease in hospitalizations, travel nursing jobs have decreased in demand since some of the surges of the pandemic, but there are still (and always will be), travel nursing positions.
If you are looking for a COVID-specific travel nursing job, here are some of the current travel nursing positions available with weekly rates listed.
Current COVID-19 travel nursing jobs for March 2, 2022
- Connecticut, Cardiac ICU: $7.2K/week
- Idaho, Cardiac ICU: $8K/week
- Illinois, Med/Surg/Telemetry: $6.1K/week
- Massachusetts, Med/Surg: $6.7K/week
- Michigan, Med/Surg: $6.1K/week
- Minnesota, PICU: $6.5K/week
- New Jersey, OR: $6.5K/week
- New Mexico, ER: $6.1K/week
- New York, ER, PICU: $7K/week
- North Carolina, Cardiac ICU: $6.5K/week
- North Dakota, ER, ICU: $6.5K/week
- Oregon, ER: $6.1K/week
- Pennsylvania, Med/Surg/Telemetry: $7.2K/week
- Washington, L&D: $7K/week
What’s happening with the vaccine
As new COVID infections and hospitalizations have fallen, vaccination rates have also slowed. However, more than 75% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose.
According to the CDC, 215 million people in the U.S. have now been fully vaccinated. Here’s how the current vaccine numbers stack up:
- 75.7% of the population has received at least one dose
- 64.9% of the population is fully vaccinated
- 94.2 million people have received a booster dose
The CDC recommends you receive a vaccine booster dose if you received the Moderna vaccine at least six months ago and you are:
- 65 years or older
- Age 18+ and live in a long-term care setting
- Age 18+ and have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ and work or live in a high-risk setting
On Jan 4, the CDC also shortened the time interval for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster from 6 to 5 months, so you can now receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster if you received your original vaccination series at least 5 months ago.
The CDC now also recommends that moderately or severely immunocompromised 5–11-year-olds receive a booster dose (the same as the primary dose) of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 28 days after their second shot.
Boosters are recommended for anyone age 18+ who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago.
Remember, mixed booster doses are approved, so you’re free to choose which type of booster you want.