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The 5 Worst States for COVID-19 Working-Age Hospitalization Trends

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The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have sent more U.S. people ages 18 through 59 to the hospital last week.

The number of working-age people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased 6.1%, to 14,815, according to Community Profile Report data compiled by the Joint Coordination Cell, Data Strategy and Execution Workgroup at the White House COVID-19 Team.

But the changes at the state-level ranged from a decrease of about 42%, in Wyoming, to an increase of more than 50%, in another state.

The flow of patients in this age group into hospital is of keen to life insurers, because people in this age group are more likely than younger or older insureds to have substantial amounts of life insurance and disability insurance coverage.

For a look at the five states where the number of pandemic-related hospitalizations of working-age people increased the most, on a percentage basis, see the slideshow above.

For data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, see the chart below.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Working-Age People

  Population (age 18 to 59)  Number of Hospitalizations (week ending Nov. 14) Change (from previous week) New COVID-19 Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people ages 18-59)
Alabama 2,566,946 135 +27.4% 5.3
Alaska 386,909 57 +18.8% 14.7
Arizona 3,778,449 715 +4.8% 18.9
Arkansas 1,561,600 76 -8.4% 4.9
California 21,830,491 1,209 -11.9% 5.5
Colorado 3,199,521 706 -1.8% 22.1
Connecticut 1,904,977 82 +12.3% 4.3
Delaware 496,878 58 +13.7% 11.7
District of Columbia 443,820 17 +30.8% 3.8
Florida 11,031,640 486 -15.0% 4.4
Georgia 5,775,455 326 +13.6% 5.6
Hawaii 698,132 13 -13.3% 1.9
Idaho 911,316 91 -29.5% 10.0
Illinois 6,819,738 491 +35.6% 7.2
Indiana 3,560,403 459 +29.3% 12.9
Iowa 1,626,756 200 +10.5% 12.3
Kansas 1,492,839 160 +7.4% 10.7
Kentucky 2,349,140 257 -4.5% 10.9
Louisiana 2,449,883 81 +19.1% 3.3
Maine 687,045 53 -19.7% 7.7
Maryland 3,250,995 202 +6.9% 6.2
Massachusetts 3,815,410 184 +14.3% 4.8
Michigan 5,249,458 997 +31.4% 19.0
Minnesota 2,977,818 459 +36.2% 15.4
Mississippi 1,548,319 43 -6.5% 2.8
Missouri 3,207,670 273 +33.2% 8.5
Montana 540,689 177 -7.8% 32.7
Nebraska 994,876 124 -3.9% 12.5
Nevada 1,659,867 214 -9.7% 12.9
New Hampshire 727,898 80 +50.9% 11.0
New Jersey 4,768,369 236 +18.6% 4.9
New Mexico 1,068,679 221 -13.3% 20.7
New York 10,610,862 714 +31.3% 6.7
North Carolina 5,538,446 267 -2.6% 4.8
North Dakota 398,953 90 +8.4% 22.6
Ohio 6,107,915 1,005 +11.4% 16.5
Oklahoma 2,058,731 205 -1.0% 10.0
Oregon 2,260,910 100 -27.5% 4.4
Pennsylvania 6,705,957 651 -4.5% 9.7
Rhode Island 574,497 26 -16.1% 4.5
South Carolina 2,658,486 137 +10.5% 5.2
South Dakota 442,608 97 +32.9% 21.9
Tennessee 3,636,993 164 -2.4% 4.5
Texas 15,792,626 1,024 +12.3% 6.5
Utah 1,706,979 280 +1.4% 16.4
Vermont 327,327 22 -12.0% 6.7
Virginia 4,561,175 236 0% 5.2
Washington 4,130,017 232 -11.5% 5.6
West Virginia 913,739 147 +2.1% 16.1
Wisconsin 3,059,650 391 +11.7% 12.8
Wyoming 295,325 42 -41.7% 14.2
TOTAL 175,163,182 14,712 - -
MEDIAN - - +6.1% 8.4