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In its latest weekly Covid-19 surveillance summary for the week of Nov. 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the overall Covid-19 hospitalization rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives has now grown to 521 per 100,000 people. This new rate is up from 487.3 for the week of Nov. 14.

According to latest data from the CDC’s COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET), which conducts population-based surveillance for laboratory-confirmed coronavirus-related hospitalizations in counties participating in the Emerging Infections Program (EIP) and the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Project (IHSP), only Hispanic or Latino people have a higher hospitalization rate than Native people.


The next highest hospitalization rates were Black people (475.5), Asian or Pacific Islander (158.8) and non-Hispanic white people (140).

“A total of 85,678 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated hospitalizations were reported by sites between March 1, 2020, and November 28, 2020. The overall cumulative hospitalization rate was 262.8 per 100,000 population,” the summary reads. “The overall weekly hospitalization rate is at its highest point since the beginning of the pandemic, with steep increases in adults aged 65 years and older. All COVID-NET sites have reported increasing hospitalization rates in recent weeks. The hospitalization rates for the most recent week are expected to increase as additional data are reported in future weeks.”

For individuals aged 18-49, however, the hospitalization rate for Native people (399.9) is the highest of any other demographic.

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