Hospital Inpatient Bed Utilization Data Added to the Hub

Hospital inpatient bed utilization data has been added to the Kansas City Region COVID-19 Data Hub. Hospital data displayed on the hub is sourced through HHS TeleTracking.

Rationale: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced COVID-19 community levels to “help communities and individuals make decisions based on their local context and their unique needs.” The CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community level. You can read more about the calculation on the CDC website.


Q: Why is there a difference in percent of inpatient hospital beds used by patients with COVID-19 on the CDC and hub websites?

A: There are two main reasons for this difference:

  1. While both sites are using a 7-day average, the range of dates used for this calculation may vary. MARC hospital data uses a two-day lag to ensure data completeness and is updated daily Monday through Friday.
  2. Geographic summaries differ between the two resources. The CDC uses “Health Service Areas,” while the hub offers summaries based on jurisdictional boundaries.

Q: How is the percent of inpatient hospital beds used by patients with COVID-19 calculated?

A: Here’s how:

Percent of inpatient beds used by patients with COVID-19 =

7-Day Rolling Average (Total COVID Inpatients (COVID Confirmed Adults + COVID Confirmed Pediatrics)) / 7-Day Rolling Average (Total Inpatient Beds)

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