The Most Affected Regions by COVID-19 in the United States - Kalkine Media

November 22, 2023 09:07 PM AEDT | By Team Kalkine Media
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In the United States, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals a noticeable uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations during the week ending November 11th. The country recorded approximately 16,200 new hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in that period, marking a 9% increase (1,300 more hospitalizations) compared to the previous week. This comes after a declining trend in hospitalizations since reaching nearly 21,000 in the week ending September 9th, with a low point of around 6,300 in late June. 

Examining the data per 100,000 people, there were 4.9 new COVID-19 hospital admissions for the week ending November 11th. Most U.S. states reported a "low" level of hospitalizations per 100,000 people, except for Hawaii (12.1 per 100,000) and West Virginia (10.4 per 100,000), categorized as having a "medium" level. Vermont experienced the highest percentage increase in its rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations among states, with a 72% increase, followed by Iowa and Alaska, both at 60%. 

Regarding emergency department visits, 1.4% were diagnosed with COVID-19 nationally, reflecting a 7% increase from the previous week. New Mexico (4.5%) and Colorado (2.5%) reported the highest rates in this category. 

At the county level, the CDC identified 42 counties with a "high" level of new COVID-19 hospital admissions during the same week, indicating rates of 20 per 100,000 or higher. Wheatland and Meagher counties in Montana reported the highest rates, each with 75.2 hospitalizations per 100,000 people. Additionally, 403 counties were classified as having a "medium" level of COVID-19 hospital admissions. 

The CDC emphasizes that its county hospital admission data is aggregated at the Health Service Area level, potentially encompassing multiple counties. Notably, some areas may be listed as having insufficient data. 

The top counties with the highest rates of COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people include Meagher County, Montana; Wheatland County, Montana; White Pine County, Nevada; Dundy County, Nebraska; Hayes County, Nebraska; Chase County, Nebraska; Hawaii County, Hawaii; Harper County, Kansas; Kingman County, Kansas; Wichita County, Kansas; Greeley County, Kansas; Jewell County, Kansas; Mitchell County, Kansas; Osborne County, Kansas; Wilson County, Kansas; Letcher County, Kentucky; Leavenworth County, Kansas; Wyandotte County, Kansas; Barber County, Kansas; Box Butte County, Nebraska; Banner County, Nebraska; Grant County, Nebraska; Garden County, Nebraska; Morrill County, Nebraska; Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska; Labette County, Kansas; Neosho County, Kansas; Allen County, Kansas; Woodson County, Kansas; Goshen County, Wyoming; Niobrara County, Wyoming. 

It's important to consider that smaller communities with even a relatively small number of hospitalizations can result in higher hospitalization rates per 100,000 people. Other indicators, such as virus presence in wastewater, continue to provide insights into the current status of COVID-19. 

Despite a decline in recent statistics from the peak in September, provisional data from the CDC shows that hundreds of individuals are still succumbing to COVID-19. In the week ending November 11, 5.5% of Maryland's total deaths were attributed to COVID-19, with several other states reporting percentages higher than the national average of 2.4%. Since the United States reached 1 million cumulative deaths from COVID-19 in the spring of 2022, approximately 154,000 more individuals have lost their lives to the disease. 


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