Coronavirus: Policymakers Should Augment Hospital Capacity Where Needed, Not Mandate Permanent Excess Capacity [open pdf - 1010KB]
From the Document: "Although all U.S. states have reported cases of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], the distribution is currently heavily concentrated in a small number of states, and among a small number of counties within those states. For instance, as of April 14, the State of New York accounts for 34 percent of all reported U.S. cases, of which 45 percent are in New York and New Jersey. Table 1 also demonstrates that just 10 states account for 75 percent of all U.S. cases, of which 90 percent are found in just 20 states. Likewise, 54 percent of the total COVID-19 deaths are in New York and New Jersey, and two-thirds are in just five states--New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California, and Louisiana. Given the overall level of case concentration across the states, it is not surprising that 80 percent of the total COVID-19 deaths are in just 10 states, and 93 percent are in 20 states."
Backgrounder No. 3487
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