COVID-19 admissions jump: Where they're highest, rising fastest

The U.S. is seeing a double-digit increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations as new highly transmissible omicron strains circulate nationwide. 

As of Jan. 9, a daily average of 47,191 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, up 17 percent in the last two weeks and the highest figure seen since March 2022, according to data tracked by The New York Times. New admissions also jumped 16.1 percent in the seven-day period ending Jan. 3, CDC data shows. 

Overall, COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing in 31 states, with many states in the Northeast reporting the highest per-capita hospitalization rates. Meanwhile, some western states — such as New Mexico and Wyoming — are seeing their lowest hospitalization figures ever, according to the Times.

The national increase in hospitalizations comes after a holiday season filled with heightened travel and indoor gatherings, and as the omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 gains traction nationwide. 

Ten places with the highest hospitalization rate per 100,000 residents:

Washington, D.C.: 37
Hospitalizations: 260 daily average as of Jan. 9

Delaware: 27
Hospitalizations: 267

North Carolina: 27
Hospitalizations: 2,834

Connecticut: 24
Hospitalizations: 866

New York: 23
Hospitalizations: 4,480

West Virginia: 20
Hospitalizations: 358

Massachusetts: 20
Hospitalizations: 1,359

New Jersey: 20
Hospitalizations: 1,749

Maryland: 19
Hospitalizations: 1,161

Georgia: 18
Hospitalizations: 1,922

Ten states with the largest 14-day increase in average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations:

Mississippi: 95 percent increase
Hospitalizations: 452 daily average as of Jan. 9

Alabama: 62 percent
Hospitalizations: 675

Louisiana: 62 percent
Hospitalizations: 492

South Carolina: 54 percent
Hospitalizations: 729

Virginia: 48 percent
Hospitalizations: 1,276

Florida: 48 percent
Hospitalizations: 3,044

North Carolina: 41 percent
Hospitalizations: 2,834

Massachusetts: 40 percent
Hospitalizations: 1,359

Georgia: 39 percent
Hospitalizations: 1,922

Texas: 36 percent
Hospitalizations: 3,600 


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