Massachusetts to Change How It Reports Coronavirus Hospitalizations

Massachusetts to Change How It Reports Coronavirus Hospitalizations

Nearly two years into the pandemic, Massachusetts hospitals will make a distinction between patients who were hospitalized “for” coronavirus and those who were hospitalized “with” the virus.

Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health (DPH) announced on Thursday the coronavirus reporting changes would begin next week, noting whether hospitalizations are “primary or incidental” to coronavirus.

Nearly seventy-five percent of Massachusetts residents are fully vaccinated against the virus.

DPH’s move comes as the state deals with the impact of the omicron variant. As of Tuesday, 2,426 patients were hospitalized as a result of coronavirus.

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Massachusetts’ announcement came the same week New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a similar change to her state’s coronavirus reporting scheme. Hochul asked:

How many people are being hospitalized because of COVID symptoms? How many people

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