The COVID map shows where hospitalizations have risen the most

The COVID map shows where hospitalizations have risen the most

Fourteen US states saw a significant increase in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus in the last week on record compared to the previous seven days, new maps released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show.

While there were 16,239 new cases of the virus across the United States in the week ending November 11 — an overall increase of 8.6% from the previous seven days — these increases were highest in the upper Midwest, parts of the South Atlantic and the Southern Mountain regions. . Meanwhile, the prevalence of positive tests has risen throughout the Midwest.

The rise in hospitalizations is something health officials have anticipated as we head into the winter months.

Cold weather tends to increase the spread of viruses and other infections, as immunity is lower, while one 2020 study suggested that the Covid-19 virus can remain active for longer in cold, dry conditions.

A CDC spokesman said earlier Newsweek October of that year marked the “typical start of the respiratory virus season” and he said hospitalization rates “may increase” as the winter months approached.

Covid hospitalizations on November 11
A map of US states showing the percentage change in hospital admissions due to COVID-19 in the week ending November 11, 2023, compared to the previous week. Dark orange indicates cases where hospitalizations increased by more than 20 percent; Light orange, where their percentage increased by more than 10 percent; In yellow, hospitalizations are “stable”; Light green where a 10 percent reduction occurred; and dark green, where there was a decrease of more than 20 percent.
Center for Disease Control

Hospitalizations of people with Covid-19 have risen steadily since late June before peaking at the beginning of September. They appear to have declined slightly since then, but remained largely stable through October and into November, hovering around 15,000 nationwide. Levels remain well below the highest peak recorded of more than 150,600 patients in the week ending 15 January 2021.

The latest numbers, released Friday, show Vermont saw the largest spike in hospitalizations, up 70 percent from the previous week. Iowa and Alaska saw increases of 60 percent compared to the previous week, while hospitalizations due to the virus in Montana, Minnesota and Hawaii rose by more than 30 percent.

Virginia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona and Washington, D.C., saw increases of more than 20 percent. The rest of the eastern and north-central states, parts of the South, and Utah saw moderate increases of between 10 and 20 percent.

While the size of the increases in some states may be startling, this may be because they represent relatively low numbers of hospitalizations. In Vermont, there have been just 43 hospitalizations in a week, out of a total of 6,609 since August 2020.

The only states that saw moderate declines, of 10 to 20 percent, were Florida and Massachusetts. Significant declines were seen in Rhode Island and New Jersey, at 33.3 percent and 34.2 percent, respectively.

Nationally, there was a 1.8% rise in the number of patients occupying ICU beds with COVID-19, representing the worst cases, which typically require ventilation.

Local spikes over the summer prompted some private institutions, hospital operators and colleges in the United States to reintroduce requirements for employees or visitors to wear masks while on their sites. Since then, many institutions have relaxed restrictions on the use of masks, although some hospitals in New Jersey later brought them back in response to infection rates.