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5 States Where Working-Age COVID-19 Hospitalizations Are Surging

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The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for U.S. residents ages 18 through 59 has increased 28.7% in the past week, to 11,969, according to a comparison of federal government Community Profile Report tables posted Tuesday with tables posted a week earlier.

The working-age resident hospitalization rate increased 21.2% in the typical state.

For a look at the five states with the biggest percentage increases in the number of pandemic-related hospitalizations of people in the 18-to-59 age group, see the gallery above.

For data on all 50 states and the District of Columbia, see the table below.

What It Means

Similar tables showed the U.S. working-age hospitalization count increasing 12% between the week ending June 21 and the week ending June 28.

The new, higher increase could be the result of statistical fluctuations related to the Independence Day holiday, but it could also indicate a real increase in the number of working-age people going to the hospital with serious cases of COVID-19.

A new surge in COVID-19 could lead to unexpected medical expenses for clients and unwanted time without wages for others. It could also throw off mortality and longevity projections for retirement planning clients.

The Context

The latest counts of hospitalizations by age group are from the week ending July 10.

For all U.S. residents, the hospitalization count increased 28.3% between the week ending July 3 and the week ending July 10 increased 28.3%, to 39,413.

For people ages 18 through 59, the week-over-week change in the count ranged from a decrease of 21.2%, in New Mexico, up to an increase of 267% in one state in the upper Midwest.

A 267% increase means that the hardest-hit state had more than three times as many patients entering the hospital with confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the week ending Sunday as it had during the previous week.

New Hospital Admissions for COVID-19 Patients Ages 18-59

Week Ending
x July 10 July 3 Change
Alabama 172 142 21.1%
Alaska 29 23 26.1%
Arizona 261 191 36.6%
Arkansas 119 70 70.0%
California 1,652 1,185 39.4%
Colorado 271 169 60.4%
Connecticut 124 68 82.4%
Delaware 29 28 3.6%
District of Columbia 49 44 11.4%
Florida 1,351 1,169 15.6%
Georgia 379 375 1.1%
Hawaii 52 43 20.9%
Idaho 85 60 41.7%
Illinois 462 414 11.6%
Indiana 176 146 20.5%
Iowa 67 61 9.8%
Kansas 74 64 15.6%
Kentucky 182 153 19.0%
Louisiana 287 186 54.3%
Maine 16 19 -15.8%
Maryland 162 136 19.1%
Massachusetts 179 174 2.9%
Michigan 203 175 16.0%
Minnesota 148 102 45.1%
Mississippi 104 75 38.7%
Missouri 248 166 49.4%
Montana 73 55 32.7%
Nebraska 54 48 12.5%
Nevada 142 104 36.5%
New Hampshire 21 19 10.5%
New Jersey 296 291 1.7%
New Mexico 67 85 -21.2%
New York 675 528 27.8%
North Carolina 281 145 93.8%
North Dakota 33 9 266.7%
Ohio 334 272 22.8%
Oklahoma 151 94 60.6%
Oregon 152 141 7.8%
Pennsylvania 299 268 11.6%
Puerto Rico 39 45 -13.3%
Rhode Island 9 7 28.6%
South Carolina 170 116 46.6%
South Dakota 24 25 -4.0%
Tennessee 180 140 28.6%
Texas 1,211 732 65.4%
Utah 137 115 19.1%
Vermont 13 12 8.3%
Virginia 222 183 21.3%
Washington 272 268 1.5%
West Virginia 82 57 43.9%
Wisconsin 139 96 44.8%
Wyoming 12 7 71.4%
TOTAL 11,969 9,300 28.7%
MEDIAN 21.2%

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