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Covid Hospitalizations Hit Crisis Levels in Southern I.C.U.s




Share of I.C.U. beds occupied in each hospital





Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.

Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data.·Notes: Some patient counts are not available because H.H.S. obscures weekly totals lower than four. Data is as of the week ending Sept. 9. Hospital locations are adjusted so that all hospitals are shown without overlapping.

Hospitals in the southern United States are running dangerously low on space in intensive care units, as the Delta variant has led to spikes in coronavirus cases not seen since last year’s deadly winter wave.

One in four hospitals now reports more than 95 percent of I.C.U. beds occupied — up from one in five last month. Experts say it can become difficult to maintain standards of care for the sickest patients in hospitals where all or nearly all I.C.U. beds are occupied.

In June, when Covid-19 cases were at their lowest level, less than one in 10 hospitals had dangerously high occupancy rates.


Share of I.C.U. beds occupied in each hospital service area

Source: New York Times analysis of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data; Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.·Note: Shows seven-day average patient count by hospital referral region ending on date shown.

In Alabama, all I.C.U. beds are currently occupied. In recent days, dozens of patients in the state have needed beds that were not available, according to data published by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“It means they’re in the waiting room, some are in the back of ambulances, things of that nature,” said Jeannie Gaines, a spokesperson for the Alabama Hospital Association.


Alabama I.C.U. occupancy





50% of I.C.U.

beds occupied

50% of I.C.U.

beds occupied

60% of I.C.U.

beds occupied


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data.·Note: Each circle represents one hospital. Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.

In Texas, 169 hospitals have I.C.U.s that are more than 95 percent full, up from 69 in June. There are only about 700 intensive care beds remaining across the entire state, according to recent data.

Hospitals in Houston constructed overflow tents last month to handle the influx of patients, and the rate of hospitalizations in the state is now 40 percent higher than when the tents were built.


Texas I.C.U. occupancy





50% of I.C.U.

beds occupied

50% of I.C.U.

beds occupied

60% of I.C.U.

beds occupied


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data.·Note: Each circle represents one hospital. Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.

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