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COVID patients overwhelming some local hospital systems, data shows

Posted January 19, 2021 5:15 p.m. EST
Updated January 20, 2021 12:15 p.m. EST

— We've been keeping an eye on federal data that tracks hospital capacity and occupancy rates, especially pertaining to COVID-19 patients.

Using that same information, the Atlantic has created an interactive tool to show how much stress the virus is putting on health care systems. The size of the circles shows how many COVID patients are in that hospital and the intensity of the hue depicts the percentage of patients hospitalized who have the coronavirus.

From the nationwide view, you get an idea of which hospitals are seeing the highest rates of COVID patients seeking care. The map shows a significant impact on hospitals along the East coast, in eastern Texas and around the Los Angeles region.

Zooming in closer to home in North Carolina, we can look at the impact on our area.

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, in Greensboro, has the most COVID patients in the state with 271 currently hospitalized. Both Atrium Health and Catawaba Valley Medical Center's occupancy rates with sit at 49% filled with COVID patients.

COVID patients make up 15 to 30 percent of all people hospitalized at most Raleigh and Durham hospitals. The data shows Duke University Hospital is almost filled to capacity - only 2 percent of inpatient beds remain available.

Some hospitals, like Cape Fear, don't have a lot of COVID patients but those who are hospitalized make up a large percentage of their overall hospitalizations.

Aside from inpatient bed space, ICU occupancy is available, as well. WakeMed is down to 7 percent of available ICU space.

The data became available in December and is updated weekly. It provides public access and analysis of information such as COVID-19 admissions, currently hospitalized patients, ICU availability, and access supplies.

Currently, more than 123,800 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States with 3881 in North Carolina.

More than 400,000 have died nationwide.

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