Coronavirus cases are rising across the United States yet again, causing an uptick in hospital visits among infected Americans, and a handful of states with especially severe Covid-19 surges are reporting higher-than-average hospitalization rates.
A nurse wearing personal protective equipment works in a Covid-19 intensive care unit at Martin … [+] Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles’ Willowbrook neighborhood on January 6, 2021.
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Over the last week, U.S. hospitals have held an average of 21,695 Covid-19 patients in inpatient beds, up 30% from two weeks ago but down more than 80% from the country’s mid-January surge, according to federal data compiled by the New York Times.
Overall, about 3.2% of the country’s inpatient beds are currently taken up by coronavirus patients, the Department of Health and Human Services reports.
The most-impacted state is Nevada, where about 9.5% of total inpatient beds are used by people with Covid-19, according to HHS statistics — Nevada is also facing a virus outbreak, with average new cases reported