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Business Advancement Center for Health Covid Tracking

As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded across the United States, one of the greatest barriers we encountered was the absence of credible and consistent data.  Tracking daily hospitalization data was a major step forward in quantifying the current impact on local hospital systems, modeling and forecasting future utilization needs, and tracking the rate of change in the disease severity.  

The Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) and the Management Information Systems Research Center (MISRC) at the Carlson School of Management launched this project on March 26, 2020 to consistently track and report daily hospitalizations from all 50 states. In January 2022, this project is led by the newly formed Business Advancement Center for Health (BACH) at the Carlson School.  


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As of August 22, 2022, the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project team has discontinued tracking and reporting hospitalization data and this website will no longer be updated. Historical data will continue to be accessible on this site. Thank you for your interest and support of this work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Awards & Recognition

AACSB International Recognizes Carlson School of Management for the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project

Innovations that inspire

The Carlson School's COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project is among 24 business schools in the world highlighted as Innovations That Inspire by the AACSB International - the world’s largest business education network. This annual program recognizes institutions around the world that serve as champions of change in the business education landscape. The AACSB’s 2021 Innovations That Inspire initiative showcases business schools creating positive societal impact. "Business schools everywhere are defining impact objectives and strategies that align with the communities they serve, and the examples featured through AACSB’s Innovations That Inspire initiative perfectly demonstrate business education as a force for good," said Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, AACSB president and CEO. "We are excited to honor the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project for its innovative approach to society's challenges."  Learn about all featured innovations.


COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project wins two Silver Stevie Awards from 2021 American Business Awards

UMN Silver Stevie

The COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project earned two Silver Stevie awards at the 19th annual American Business Awards for the "Most Valuable Non-Profit Response" and "Most Valuable Service". The American Business Awards are the premier business awards program in the United States and the Stevie Awards competition recognizes outstanding performance in the workplace worldwide. This year, with more than 3,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in every industry, the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project is honored to receive these 2 prestigious recognitions. 


COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project is Finalist for NIHCM Digital Media Award


The COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project is proud to be a 2021 finalist for the NIHCM Digital Media Award! The NIHCM awards recognize the contributions of researchers and journalists who presented new evidence to advance the health system and the health of Americans. The Digital Media Award specifically recognizes reporting and analysis produced from online content. 


Prof. Karaca-Mandic Receives TRUST Award for the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project

trust award

Project co-lead, Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic, received the 2021 TRUST Award in the Community Engagement category from the Women's Health Leadership TRUST. The TRUST Awards celebrate 20 Minnesota-based women in health care. Prof. Karaca-Mandic has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, vision, grit, and compassion in all aspects of her role, but especially in her approach toward the University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project. 



COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project Winner of 2021 INFORMS Information Systems Society Design Science Research Award


The COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project is this year's winner of the national INFORMS ISS Design Science Award for the design of the project's dashboard. This award recognizes research efforts that use an experimental research approach, such as building and evaluating working IT systems or creating IT artifacts. The award “is principally focused on the quality, novelty, and significance of the IT artifact created and validated.” Congratulations to two Carlson School research projects for winning this award.  



COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project Receives Honorable Mention for the Innovation Impact Case Award

Innovation Impact Case Award

The COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project is honored to receive an Honorable Mention from the Office of the Vice President for Research for the inaugural Innovation Impact Case Award. This award recognizes University of Minnesota research that has led to significant impact outside of academia. "The Innovation Impact Case Award is the most prestigious award from the Office of the Vice President for Research" and "shines a light on remarkable research across all disciplines that is solving important problems and benefiting society in a meaningful way."

COVID-19 Hospitalizations by County

Data reported weekly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website

Note: As of August 22, 2022, we are no longer tracking and reporting HHS hospitalization data. For direct access to HHS data, visit the COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by Facility website


Key Insights & Change from Last Week     |     Archived Key Insights


Dashboard launched December 7, 2020, 5:30 pm CST

Note that %Hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and %ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients are calculated at the facility level, and then averaged for each county for the week listed. As such, this dashboard presents the average COVID-19 occupancy of hospitals in a given county, not the ratio of the total COVID-19 patients in a county and the total beds in a county.
%Hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients = Total adult and pediatric patients confirmed and suspected (7 day average) / Staffed Inpatient beds (7 day average)
%ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients = Total ICU adult patients confirmed (7 day average) /Staffed adult ICU beds (7 day average)
Our team has collaborated with healthcare journalists and data scientists on a Facility COVID PUF Community FAQ. Please find it here 

We acknowledge outstanding work by doctoral students Yi Zhu and Zach Levin of our team who made this visualization possible. 


Analysis of HHS Data

Click the buttons below to access the UMN COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project team's analysis of the weekly HHS data and key hospitalization metrics including occupancy by COVID-19 and all patients at Facility, City, County, and CBSA levels.  

If you reference these data, please cite this work as the "Analysis of HHS data by University of Minnesota Hospitalization Tracking Project". 


Data Analysis, August 12 - August 18, 2022          Archived Data Analysis Documents



COVID-19 Hospitalizations by State

Note: As of May 29, 2022, daily hospitalization data is no longer being collected and reported by the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project team. View the dashboard above for weekly updates on county-level hospitalization data reported by HHS.  

Hospitalization data reported from May 9 to May 28, 2022 was collected from the HHS COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by State. Daily data reported from April 6, 2020 to May 08, 2022 was manually collected from state health department websites by the COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project team. 

Dashboard launched April 6, 2020, 2:00 pm CST


View Data Sources      View Project Methodology 



Thank you to our donors United Health Foundation and the University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs for their generosity to support students on this project.