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COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project

As the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds across the United States, one of the greatest barriers we are encountering is the absence of credible and consistent data.  Tracking daily hospitalization data is 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 has launched this project on March 26th to consistently track and report daily hospitalizations from all 50 states. 


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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. 

COVID-19 Hospitalizations by County

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


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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, October 08 - October 14, 2021          Archived Data Analysis Documents



COVID-19 Hospitalizations by State

Data collected by the UMN COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project team from state websites.  


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


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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.