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50 States of COVID-19 Hospitalization Data, for Prime Working-Age Adults

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What You Need to Know

  • The number of people ages 30 through 59 hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to 15,680, from 12,087, in just a month.
  • The COVID-19 hospitalization count for people ages 60 and older increased 3.1%.
  • Yet the COVID-19 hospitalization count for people under 30 rose 25%, to 3,346.

The COVID-19 pandemic may be continuing to become more of a problem for adults who are in their prime working years than for people ages 60 and older.

The Data Strategy and Execution Workgroup, part of the White House effort to coordinate the fight against the pandemic, has told the story in its daily Community Profile Report spreadsheets.

The reports contain extensive information about everything about the number of new COVID-19 cases, to hospital ICU bed occupancy rates, to the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination effort.

The reports give detailed age breakdowns for just one type of data stream: hospitalizations.

The United States has given more than 82% of the 54 million people ages 65 and older at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Only about half of the 200 million adults under 65 have been vaccinated.

The focus on vaccinating people over 65 is probably reducing the COVID-19 death rate during this fourth wave of COVID-19, but the wave has been leading to a noticeable increase in hospitalization counts for younger adults.

The shift could mean that, going forward, a higher percentage of people who have severe cases of COVID-19 will also have commercial health insurance, rather than Medicare, and life insurance.

Here’s what’s happened to the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, between March 25 and April 25, for three age groups, according to Community Profile Report data:

  • Under 30: 3,346 (Up 25%)
  • Ages 30-59: 15,680 (Up 29.7%)
  • Ages 60 and Older: 17,030 (Up 3.1%)

Accelerating efforts to offer vaccinations to people ages 30 to 59 could begin to change the data.

The percentage of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who are ages 30 to 69 fell to 58% Monday, from 61% last week.

That might be a sign that the country is starting to stop the fourth wave from rolling over the prime working-age population.

The hospitalization count picture for people ages 30 through 59 vary widely from state to state.

The number fell 30% in the state with the best performance, Alabama, and increased by more than 130% in five states and Puerto Rico, with a median of about 32%.

For a look at the five states with the biggest increases in hospitalization counts for prime working-age people, see the slideshow above.

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Hospitalizations of Patients Ages 30 to 59 With Confirmed COVID-19

 Hospitalizations Percentage Change From March 25
Alabama           174 -30.1%
Alaska             19 5.6%
Arizona           208 17.5%
Arkansas             80 31.1%
California           737 -22.0%
Colorado           293 48.0%
Connecticut           261 17.0%
Delaware             78 73.3%
District of Columbia             65 47.7%
Florida        1,661 39.5%
Georgia           478 6.5%
Hawaii             18 125.0%
Idaho             38 15.2%
Illinois           768 110.4%
Indiana           276 91.7%
Iowa             80 8.1%
Kansas             64 36.2%
Kentucky           184 23.5%
Louisiana           137 14.2%
Maine             38 192.3%
Maryland           549 67.4%
Massachusetts           306 49.3%
Michigan        1,421 116.3%
Minnesota           324 133.1%
Mississippi             40 -25.9%
Missouri           157 16.3%
Montana             31 72.2%
Nebraska             43 34.4%
Nevada           146 39.0%
New Hampshire             40 81.8%
New Jersey           640 -5.6%
New Mexico             49 -10.9%
New York        1,193 -12.7%
North Carolina           432 29.0%
North Dakota             30 50.0%
Ohio           617 52.7%
Oklahoma           102 -23.3%
Oregon           116 163.6%
Pennsylvania           969 82.5%
Puerto Rico           249 730.0%
Rhode Island             40 150.0%
South Carolina           205 7.9%
South Dakota             39 129.4%
Tennessee           284 14.1%
Texas        1,066 -6.7%
Utah             77 -13.5%
Vermont             22 83.3%
Virginia           309 10.4%
Washington           214 189.2%
West Virginia           110 111.5%
Wisconsin           190 77.6%
Wyoming             13 -7.1%
TOTAL      15,680 29.7%

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