December 3, 2023

The number of new COVID-related hospital admissions climbed significantly in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Montana, and Nevada in the week ending October 14, according to the latest data shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC produces a map every week tracking COVID-related hospitalizations across the country, as well as a map monitoring the number of COVID-19 tests which return positive. Together, these numbers offer an idea of the spread of the virus among the community—something that U.S. authorities are keeping a close eye on.

During the week ended October 14, the latest data available released on Monday, Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Montana, and Nevada experienced a jump in hospital admissions which the CDC describes as a “substantial increase,” which means equal to or above 20 percent.

A graphical representation of the rates of COVID-related hospital admissions across the U.S. in the week ending October 14, 2023. Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Montana, and Nevada experienced a “substantial increase” in hospitalizations.

In Alaska, hospital admissions jumped by 20 percent, while in Colorado they climbed by 26.5 percent. Indiana experienced an increase in hospitalizations by 21.6 percent, Montana by 28.7 percent, and Nevada by 38.9 percent—the highest in the entire country.

Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oklahoma saw the number of COVID-related hospitalizations grow moderately, between 10 and 19.9 percent.

At the other end of the spectrum, six states saw a “substantial decrease” in COVID-related hospitalizations, equal to or more than 20 percent. In Arkansas, hospital admissions dropped by 23 percent, in Mississippi by 27.4 percent, in Ohio by 22.2 percent, in West Virginia by 25 percent, in Wyoming by 33.3 percent and in Rhode Island—which experienced the biggest drop across the country—by 37.8 percent.

All other states experienced a moderate decrease in hospitalizations (between -19.9 and -10 percent) or remained stable. Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Wisconsin experienced a moderate decrease.

Alabama, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington remained stable, meaning hospitalizations changed by a range between -9.9 and 9.9 percent.

Overall, COVID-related hospitalizations went down by 5 percent in the week ending on October 14 on a national average, a slightly positive sign for the country which counted a total of 16,158 admissions in the same week. COVID-19 hospitalizations went up by the end of the summer, leading U.S. authorities to recommend everyone keep on top of their COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

But hospitalizations—as well as infections—have been slowing down in recent weeks. The CDC has warned people against letting their guard down, saying that cases might go up during the winter.