COVID-19 admissions dip: Where they're lowest, falling fastest

COVID-19 hospitalizations are declining nationwide even as the highly transmissible omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 gains prevalence. 

As of Jan. 19, a daily average of 39,272 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, down 18 percent in the last two weeks, according to data tracked by The New York Times. New admissions also fell 17.5 percent in the seven-day period ending Jan. 17, CDC data shows. 

Overall, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations are decreasing in every state but Rhode Island, Alaska, Delaware and Louisiana. 

The national decrease comes as XBB.1.5 accounts for 49.1 percent of new COVID-19 cases nationwide, according to the CDC's latest variant proportion estimates

Eight places with the lowest hospitalization rate per 100,000 residents:

Wyoming: 3
Hospitalizations: 19 daily average as of Jan. 19

Montana: 4 
Hospitalizations: 41

Utah: 4
Hospitalizations: 127

New Mexico: 4
Hospitalizations: 84

Colorado: 5
Hospitalizations: 261

Puerto Rico: 5
Hospitalizations: 158

South Dakota: 5
Hospitalizations: 41

Alaska: 5
Hospitalizations: 39

Nine states with the largest 14-day decrease in average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations:

Montana: -37 percent 
Hospitalizations: 41 daily average as of Jan. 19

Indiana: -37 percent 
Hospitalizations: 461

Kansas: -34 percent 
Hospitalizations: 187

Arizona: -33 percent
Hospitalizations: 620

Oregon: -31 percent
Hospitalizations: 277

Utah: -30 percent 
Hospitalizations: 127

Ohio: -29 percent 
Hospitalizations: 1,231

Vermont: -29 percent 
Hospitalizations: 37

New Mexico: -29 percent
Hospitalizations: 84


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