New NC hospitalization data breaks down COVID-19 spikes by region
About 10 percent of the state's more than 3,000 intensive care beds are filled with COVID-19 patients.Posted — Updated
Two regions in particular – the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition around Charlotte and the Triad Healthcare Preparedness Coalition in the northwestern part of the state – have seen steady increases that have kept their COVID-19 patient counts near the 300 mark.
Together, the two regions make up about half of the state's total hospitalizations from the disease, according to data as of July 20.
The data also shows for the first time how many patients in North Carolina are in hospital intensive care beds – statewide and across the eight regions. As of July 20, 320 patients were in ICUs with COVID-19, less than one-third of the total number of patients hospitalized with the disease.
That means that about 10 percent of the state's more than 3,000 intensive care beds are filled with COVID-19 patients.
The data itself is still sourced from a survey sent to hospitals daily to track bed capacity and other metrics. Hospitalization totals have historically varied day-to-day when the response rate drops.
A message on the dashboard says "there will be a small shift in hospitalization numbers" because of that switch.
Although formally announced Monday, this isn't the first time DHHS has published more granular hospitalization data. Around April 1, when COVID-19 case totals hovered around 1,500, a version of the dashboard briefly featured data from similar hospital regions across the state.
The agency stopped publishing that version shortly after.
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