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

Updated daily.

Covid-19 hospitalizations are increasing again after a surge in December and January.

Track hospitalizations in 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 during the omicron surge. The country across the pandemic has averaged about 60,000 hospitalizations for Covid a day.

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

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.