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The number of hospitals reporting full ICUs has fallen by nearly 50% since early January

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Detailed data released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services illustrates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s hospitals.

From Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Washington, to Sibley Memorial Center in Washington, D.C., USA TODAY found 175 hospitals reporting full intensive care units as of Feb. 25. A total of 302 hospitals reported more COVID-19 patients in the ICU compared with the previous week, and 493 had more COVID-19 patients overall.

Though still dire, these numbers have fallen drastically since the beginning of the year. The number of hospitals reporting full intensive care units has fallen by nearly 50% since early January, a USA TODAY analysis of HHS data shows. And the number of hospitals reporting intensive care units full of patients confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 has fallen from 35 to four since the week of Jan. 8-14.

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