COVID-19 hospitalization rate down 50 percent compared to 2021 peak, data shows

COVID-19 hospitalization rate down 50 percent compared to 2021 peak, data shows


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The rate of Americans with COVID-19 who are ending up in the hospital has dropped 50 percent compared to the record highs seen a year ago, data shows.

While new coronavirus cases have more than tripled in the past few weeks and are currently averaging a staggering 490,000 per day, hospitalizations are not climbing as fast.

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Three percent of those cases are being admitted in hospitals, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

That rate is down from the 6.5 percent of cases hospitalized at the beginning of 2021 when the average daily case count was roughly 250,000, according to CDC data.

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