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Covid hospitalization hot spots across the U.S., in five charts

Updated daily.

Covid-19 hospitalizations are once again ticking upward after a lull in October and early November, with tens of thousands more people filling hospital beds across the country in the past two weeks.

The increase is particularly noticeable in certain mid-Atlantic states. As of Monday Jan. 24, Washington, D.C.'s population-adjusted rate is highest in the nation, followed by Delaware and Nevada.

States in the South and West are seeing the largest change in hospitalizations in the past two weeks.

Track the hardest-hit states with this NBC News analysis of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Covid hospitalizations data. This article will be updated daily.

Since April 2020, there have been at least 16,800 people hospitalized for Covid in the U.S. over a seven-day period and as many as 159,000, a new peak set last week. The country across the pandemic has averaged about 60,000 hospitalizations for Covid a day.

Covid is just one reason why many hospitals are struggling. Hospitals are also feeling the weight of high patient loads, while the number of nurses nationwide dwindles.

More than half of the hospitals in Vermont reported critical staffing shortages, the highest rate among states. The share of hospital beds in use, a measure of hospital capacity, is above 85 percent in Maryland, Georgia, Rhode Island, Washington and Massachusetts, the highest rates in the nation.

Track the burdens of hospitals in your state with the maps below.

NBC News is tracking hospital stress levels and ICU stress levels, Covid case surges in each state, vaccination rates nationwide and whether the CDC recommends indoor masking in the county where you live.

CORRECTION (Dec. 22, 12:42 p.m. ET): A previous version of a map in this article mislabeled the change in hospitalization rates over the last two weeks in certain states (shaded green). Covid hospitalization counts were down in those states, not up.

CORRECTION (Jan. 4, 2022, 9:25 p.m. ET): A previous version of a graphic in this article mislabeled what the map in it described. The map is of hospital beds in use, not hospital beds in use for Covid patients.