Wednesday, December 16, 2020

How Full is Your Hospital?

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services began releasing data on the number of Covid-19 patients in each hospital. The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota started using this data in their COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project to reveal the percentage of hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients at the county level. The New York Times has now released an interactive map which allows you to see how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the capacity of individual hospitals.

The NYT's How Full Are Hospital I.C.U.s Near You? map allows you to enter any U.S. address to see how Covid-19 is impacting local hospitals. On the map individual hospitals are shown with a colored marker. The color of the marker reveals the percentage of I.C.U. beds currently occupied by Covid-19 patients. If you hover over a marker on the map you can also view the number of Coronavirus patients in the hospital and the remaining number of free I.C.U. beds.

The map sidebar shows the same data in table view. This sidebar automatically updates to show the data for all the hospitals in the current map view. The table also provides information on the state average and national average of hospitals beds occupied by Covid-19 patients and the average for the hospitals currently shown on the map. This enables you to see if your local hospitals are more or less occupied by Covid-19 patients than the state and national averages.

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