COVID Hospitalizations Are Soaring in These U.S. States

As the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. approach 8.7 million, COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise as well.

Here we take a closer look at some of the states where hospitals are seeing a COVID-19 patient surge.

Texas

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas has been sharply increasing from early October, after declining since late July and flattening out from early September, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

There are currently reported to be 5,206 COVID-19 patients in hospital in the state, with 1,118 available intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 7,614 available ventilators, as of Sunday, according to the department.

Some critical care patients at hospitals in El Paso will be airlifted to other medical facilities to cope with the recent rise in hospitalizations, according to a statement from the University Medical Center of El Paso.

On Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced an alternate care site as well as an auxiliary medical unit will be provided in the El Paso area to help hospitals cope with the surge, the governor's office said in a statement on Sunday.

Average daily new cases in Texas have been rising since early October, after peaking on July 17 at 10,572 and decreasing after then, according to JHU.

Wisconsin

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state have been rising since mid-September, increasing sharply in the southeast region, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).

Hospital beds in Wisconsin were reported to be at 82 percent capacity, with a quarter of its total 1,293 COVID-19 patients reported to be in ICU, according to the department's latest report on Sunday.

"Wisconsin continues to see high levels of COVID-19 hospitalizations with some regions reporting over 90 percent utilization of ICU beds. The 7-day average of new cases reached nearly 3,500 for the first time since the pandemic began," the office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement on October 21.

Nearly all of the state's 72 counties were reported to have a "very high" level of the virus, according to public health officials.

The Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin DHS, Andrea Palm, said in the statement: "With record high numbers of positive cases, hospitalizations, and staffing shortages, there has never been a more critical time for Wisconsinites to act and help stop the spread."

Average daily new cases in the state have been rising sharply since early September, after flattening out since March, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Utah

Last Wednesday, the state reported a record number of patients in ICU, with 111 of 314 COVID-19 patients reported to be in intensive care at the time.

The same day, the state's total current hospitalizations also surpassed 300 for the first time since the outbreak began, the Utah Department of Health said.

The seven-day average of "statewide ICU utilization" was reported to be 72 percent or greater in most of (at least 21 counties) Utah, with average COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations reported to be at 15 percent or higher in those same counties, according to the department.

These 21 counties are reporting a "high level of transmission," with each county reporting a 14-day case rate of 325 or more infections per 100,000 people.

Last Friday, the University of Utah hospital was reported to have more active COVID-19 patients in their ICU than ever before, while its ICU capacity reportedly reached 99 percent on Saturday.

"It is a big deal," Dr. Kencee Graves, the hospital's associate chief medical officer for in-patient care, said. "We have multiple patients in our ICU right now that are under the age of 30."

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement on Friday: "Up until now, our hospitals have been able to provide good care to all COVID and non-COVID patients who need it. But today we stand on the brink. If Utahns do not take serious steps to limit group gatherings and wear masks, our healthcare providers will not have the ability to provide quality care for everyone who needs it."

Average daily new cases in Utah have been on a sharp incline since early September, after decreasing from early July, according to data compiled by JHU.

North Dakota

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has been rising in North Dakota since early September, peaking in late October, after remaining flat for months from April, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

Around 14 percent of its 1,851 total staffed beds were reported to be currently available, with 173 COVID-19 patients hospitalized and 29 reported to be in ICU, according to the department's latest report Monday.

Average daily new case counts in North Dakota have been rising sharply since late June, peaking on October 25, when it hit 888, according to JHU.

Tennessee

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations in Tennessee have been increasing since early October, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

The Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia has announced it is temporarily suspending all elective procedures requiring an overnight stay for two weeks in a bid to make room for the rising number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital.

"During the past few days, our region has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases. We have consistently seen COVID-19 numbers spike following holidays and the latest climb follows recent fall breaks in our region," the chief executive officer of Maury Regional Health, Alan Watson, noted in a statement last Friday.

The state was reported to have 18 percent (2,081) of its total floor beds available, while 16 percent (315) of its total ICU beds was reported to be free, as of Sunday, according to the department.

The average daily case count in Tennessee has been increasing sharply from late September, peaking on Sunday at 2,932, after declining from late July, according to JHU.

Wyoming

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations in Wyoming have been rising sharply since late September, peaking this Sunday at 104, according to data reported by hospitals and published on the Wyoming Department of Health website.

"The Wyoming Department of Health is collecting data from hospitals across Wyoming on general capacity as well as COVID-19 hospitalizations.

"Note that non-general acute hospitals (e.g. rehabilitation hospitals) may report COVID-19 hospitalizations but these data do not always reflect statewide capacity issues," the department noted.

Average daily new cases in Wyoming have been rising sharply since early September, peaking at 303 on October 24, according to JHU.

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Healthcare workers move a patient in the COVID-19 unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on July 2. COVID-19 hospitalizations have been rising in Texas and other states in the south and midwest of the country in recent weeks. Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

The wider picture

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 43.2 million people across the globe since it was first reported in Wuhan, China. Globally, more than 1.1 million have died following infection, while more than 29 million have reportedly recovered as of Monday, according to JHU.

The graphic below, produced by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

Spread of COVID-19 in U.S.
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