U.S. COVID hospitalization at the highest level ever, with over 60,000 Americans currently lying in hospital beds

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The number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. has risen to over 60,000, surpassing the previous record of 59,940, which was set on April 15 according to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.

Since the end of September, the number has increased according to the project, which compiles the latest available data from local and state health authority websites.

“Where data is missing from these websites, we supplement the available figures with information from official press conferences with governors or health authorities,” the project states.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received forecasts of daily COVID-19 hospital admissions from 10 modeling groups.

“Forecasts for November 30th range from 2,600 to 13,000 new COVID-19 hospitalizations per day.

“Four national forecasts predict a likely increase in the number of new hospital admissions per day over the next four weeks, two forecasts predict a likely decrease, and two forecasts are uncertain about the trend or predict stable numbers,” the CDC noted.

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the number of beds needed across the country will almost double by the end of December, with demand predicted to reach about 120,423 beds by December 27.

According to the latest data reported to the COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) and published on the CDC website on November 6, the cumulative hospital admission rate for the country as a whole was 207.1 per 100,000 people.

The rate was based on a total of 67,508 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 associated hospitalizations reported to COVID-NET between March 1 and October 31.

The total weekly hospitalization rate for all age groups combined peaked in the week ending April 18, followed by another peak in the week ending July 18.

“White non-Hispanics and black non-Hispanics represented the highest proportion of hospitalizations reported to COVID-NET, followed by Hispanics or Latinos, non-Hispanics from Asia or the Pacific and non-Hispanics from India or Alaska.

“However, some racial and ethnic groups are disproportionately represented in hospital stays compared to the total population of the catchment area. Prevalence rates were highest among non-Spanish-American Indians or Native Americans, followed by non-Spanish-born blacks and Hispanic or Latin American individuals,” the CDC said.

Since the week ended September 26, weekly hospital admissions have increased overall, largely due to an increase in hospital admissions among the over-18s.

“Data for recent weeks may change if additional admissions are reported during those weeks,” the CDC noted.

According to data compiled by Worldometer, there were at least 3,624,813 active cases (those currently infected and receiving hospital treatment or recovering at home) as of November 9.

Washington Newsday has contacted the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for comments.

The overall picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 50.9 million people worldwide, including more than 10.1 million in the United States, since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.

More than 1.2 million people have died worldwide, while more than 33.2 million are reported to have recovered, according to John Hopkins University on Tuesday.

The chart below, created by Statista, shows the distribution of COVID-19 in the USA.

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