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In the weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began in Massachusetts, hospitals across the state have braced for an expected surge of COVID-19 patients.
Hospitals are reporting how many confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients they have in their beds, including in the ICU. Check out our charts below to see how the number of patients has changed over time.
Here's how many hospital beds are being used:
Search for individual hospitals below, or select all hospitals:
All Confirmed And Suspected COVID-19 Patients
Confirmed And Suspected COVID-19 Patients In Intensive Care
Notes on the data:
From March 25 to April 13, the data came to WBUR from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association. From March 25 to April 7, MHA received patient numbers from hospitals that voluntarily provided them. From April 8 to 12, MHA's data was sourced from the Department of Public Health.
In MHA's data, some hospitals reported suspected and confirmed cases. Others only reported confirmed cases. We are displaying all cases reported to MHA.
Starting April 14, the Department of Public Health began providing data on hospital patient numbers. DPH is providing both confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients. DPH did not provide any information to the public on April 17 or 18.
More hospitals have reported data over time, leading to increases in the overall numbers statewide. For instance, on March 25, only 15 hospitals reported patient numbers. By April 12, 44 hospitals reported.
Not all hospitals are reporting every day. If there is a gap in the line on the chart, the hospital did not report patients for that day. And finally: there is no uniform time among hospitals for tallying the day's COVID-19 patients. In some cases, the individual hospital numbers actually reflect the prior day's census.
And some health systems initially reported data systemwide, but then began breaking out numbers by individual hospitals (that includes Beth Israel Lahey Health, Berkshire Health Systems, Southcoast Health and UMass Memorial HealthCare.)
This article was originally published on April 14, 2020.
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