Because the nationwide media converged on Georgia earlier than the state’s Senate runoffs on Tuesday, COVID-19 hospitalizations there continued to rise sharply and at the moment are the fifth worst within the nation, adjusted for inhabitants. In accordance with Vox, greater than 40 hospitals within the state are no longer able to accept new patients into ICUs or emergency rooms for any cause.
Within the West, Arizona, California, and Nevada are all reporting alarming COVID-19 hospitalization numbers. In Arizona, the place residents skilled a severe outbreak over the summer, case rates are soaring. In accordance with our information, there are 670 folks hospitalized with COVID-19 per million in Arizona—greater than in some other state, and excess of the state’s worst hospitalization numbers over the summer time. Hospitals within the state are preparing to ration care. In Nevada, the state reporting the second-highest per capita COVID-19 hospitalizations this week, tens of thousands of people descended on the Las Vegas Strip for high-risk New Yr’s Eve celebrations.
In Southern California, the virus rages on, with Los Angeles County alone reporting a dying as a result of COVID-19 each 10 minutes on common, and a brand new an infection each six seconds. Oxygen shortages and ICU overcrowding have compelled paramedics to start rationing care, with Los Angeles County ambulances directed to not “transport patients with little chance of survival to hospitals, and to conserve the use of oxygen.” One in 16 people in Los Angeles County has examined optimistic for COVID-19 for the reason that starting of the pandemic, in response to the Los Angeles Instances. Per capita new-case rates in neighboring San Bernardino and Riverside Counties have now surpassed Los Angeles County’s, resulting in crisis levels of hospitalizations.
Latino folks in California are about 2.7 occasions extra more likely to have examined optimistic for COVID-19, three times more likely to be hospitalized, and 2.6 times more likely to die than their white neighbors. In Los Angeles County, one in 13 Latino folks has examined optimistic, according to data from the public-health department, and the Los Angeles Instances stories that the seven-day common for hospitalizations amongst Latino residents is now 80 per 100,000, in contrast with 26 per 100,000 for white residents.
Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 hospitalizations aren’t restricted to California. Though solely 22 states at present report race and ethnicity information for hospitalizations, in each state that does, Black persons are extra doubtless than white folks to have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Latino persons are additionally extra more likely to be hospitalized than white folks in 21 of the 22 states that report these information.
Mapping the pressure on native hospital techniques
Yesterday, the COVID Monitoring Mission launched a brand new, hospital-level interactive explorer powered by information from the Division of Well being and Human Companies and a beneficiant donation of software program from Mapbox. A short look by way of the HHS hospital information for essentially the most worrying states within the South and West reveals the native contours of every state’s health-care techniques as they encounter worsening outbreaks.