HHS data shows US hospital admissions of Covid-19 hit record high
The number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States has hit a new record high, surpassing the previous peak from January 2021, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
There are 145,982 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 – twice as many as two weeks ago. There are nearly 24,000 intensive care unit beds being used for Covid-19 patients.
Hospitalizations peaked about a year earlier, with more than 142,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19 as of January 14, 2021. During the summer Delta surge, the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations peaked at approx. 104,000 on September 1, 2021.
It’s only been 23 days since the start of the pandemic that more than 125,000 people have been hospitalized at once with Covid-19, HHS data shows.
The number of child hospitalizations has far outstripped previous highs – with nearly 5,000 children currently hospitalized with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 illness. This is almost double the previous peak from September during the Delta bull run.
There have been about 3.9 million hospitalizations for Covid-19 since August 2020, and there were about 18,600 new hospital admissions per day during the first week of January 2022, according to federal data.
According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of hospitalization for unvaccinated people is eight times higher than for fully vaccinated people. This rate varies from week to week, but by the last week of November, CDC data showed that hospitalization rates among unvaccinated people were about 17 times higher than those of fully vaccinated individuals.
Currently, Covid-19 hospitalization rates are highest in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Ohio – each with more than 60 current Covid-19 hospitalizations for every 100,000 people.
HHS data on Covid-19 hospitalizations including patients hospitalized for complications of Covid-19 and those who may have been hospitalized for something else but tested positive for Covid-19 . This has been true throughout the pandemic, although the proportion of patients who fall into each category can change over time.