Which hospitals in your community are getting hit hardest during COVID-19 surge?




Detailed data released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services illustrates the dire impact of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s hospitals.From Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to Springhill Memorial Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, USA TODAY found 291 hospitals reporting full intensive care units as of Jan. 21. A total of 428 hospitals reported more COVID-19 patients in the ICU compared with the previous week, and 918 had more COVID-19 patients overall.See which hospitals in your community are being overwhelmed by entering search terms below.This data, reported by more than 4,500 hospitals for the week of Jan. 15-21, does not include hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency and Indian Health Service. Figures from some small hospitals have been removed from the HHS data set. COVID-19 cases are soaring nationwide. December was by far the worst full month of COVID-19, with about 6.4 million cases and 77,431 deaths, Johns Hopkins University data shows. But January is on pace to blow past those records, with more than 5 million cases and more than 73,000 deaths since Jan. 1.HHS began reporting individual hospital occupancy rates in December, including detailed statistics for intensive care units. Hospitals whose intensive care units were at or above capacity the first week of January are shown in the map below.The COVID-19 rate is the number of adult patients confirmed or suspected of being infected divided by the number of inpatient beds that would be allowed under normal limits on space and staffing. Occupancy can exceed 100% if a hospital exceeds those limits.Intensive care units are filling up disproportionately in counties inGeorgia, North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama, the data shows. Of the 258 counties nationwide with average hospital ICU occupancy above 90%, more than half are in the South, according to USA TODAY’s analysis.Contributing: Mike Stucka, USA TODAY. Aleszu Bajak is on Twitter at @aleszubajak or can be emailed at abajak@usatoday.com.

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