I was recently asked if I could add graphs to my earlier project attempting to make sense of the COVID-19 data out there covering hospital bed requirements.
When I first output the data I got something like this:
and honestly I thought I'd made a horrible mistake until I pulled Minnesota's state hospitalization report to compare graphs and realized that no... this is in fact correct...
The dotted line at the top is the total number of beds available in MN hospitals, and the yellow line all the way to the bottom is how many beds are being consumed by COVID-19 patients.
I also added an optional flag to shade in the amount of bed required annually on average to compare the COVID-19 increase against...
... annnnnd it doesn't even come close. Now to be fair, comparing state wide resources isn't exactly fair as outbreaks tend to be localized clusters and not all hospitals will be hit uniformly. However when there is this much disparity it is certainly interesting to look at.
I posted MN's graphs (because I live there), but you can see all the other states over at http://undergroundlighthouse.com/covid/#_hospitalizations_graph
SPOILER: only 3 states in the US managed to have high enough spikes to dip into the shaded area of historical usage. Arn't we all glad that Hospitals have shut down so many of their "non-essential" services and putting themselves at risk of bankruptcy?