Georgia DPH lists a number of “hospitalizations” on their COVID-19 Daily Status Report. This is a cumulative number of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 while in the hospital. GEMA separately reports the number of patients currently hospitalized with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. Learn more about the two different ways Georgia tracks COVID hospitalizations.
I wish we had more insight into the current hospitalizations, like how many people are hospitalized with COVID (patients at the hospital for other reasons) versus for COVID, and what kind of beds these patients are in (are they in the ER, the ICU, etc.?).
Our overall hospital utilization (especially critical care beds and ventilator usage) has increased some, but not dramatically, and we still have available beds across the state, but some individual hospitals are very full. Keep in mind the vast majority of these beds are for non-COVID patients. Most patients in the hospital are there for reasons other than COVID.
Hospital Data Dashboards (NEW!)
Two new resources are now available from the COVID-19 Georgia Geospatial Data Hub for state-wide and regional hospitalization data! It’s brand new, but it looks like they are being updated daily (or almost daily?). The first dashboard has graphs that answer some of the questions I’ve had about the current hospitalization number – how many people are under investigation for COVID, as well as what regions are these patients in. For both of these, select your region from the drop-down in the top-right corner to filter the graphs to show hospital data for that region.
- Current hospitalization patient census (separate graphs for current hospitalizations of COVID + patients AND patients under investigation for COVID)
- Hospital beds and ventilator usage (for all patients, not just COVID patients)
The CDC also has a data dashboard showing graphs over time of ER visits for COVID-Like Illness that you can filter by state (choose Georgia from the drop-down). It also shows ER visits for Influenza-Like Illness, Pneumonia, and Shortness of Breath.
The top graph above tracks the number of new hospitalization cases added to the Total Hospitalizations page on the DPH site each day. The data reporting used to be very laggy (see the big spikes), but I think DPH has improved the timeliness of the reporting so that the data is more valuable now. Learn more about the two different ways Georgia tracks COVID hospitalizations.
I also calculate the hospitalization rate from this number (the 7-day average of new hospitalizations divided by the 7-day average of new cases). Despite the spikes from prior reporting lags, you can see the overall downward trend, indicating that less cases are being identified in hospitals than before (although it’s up a little in recent days). However, due to how the data is collected by DPH, I cannot be certain that it means less overall cases are being hospitalized.
Regional Hospital Capacity
Georgia manages hospital capacity based on the regions shown on the map below. GEMA tracks detailed numbers for hospital bed capacity in each of Georgia’s hospital regions, as well as overall. I am no longer including a screenshot of hospital availability per region below, but you can view these numbers the Daily Situation Report available on the GEMA web site, and shared on their Twitter and Facebook. You can also view hospital capacity and current hospitalizations by regions on the hospital data dashboards from linked above.