Hospitalization Demographics

COVID-19 Hospitalization Demographics

Hospitalization Demographic Data is only provided for Newly Admitted Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Patients and is available for the chosen report date. NCDHHS began requiring hospitals to submit detailed demographic data starting on October 1, 2020.

NCDHHS surveys hospitals across North Carolina daily to monitor their current hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and their current capacity. This is done through the Healthcare Preparedness Program, which is used to assess hospital capacity during other disasters and emergencies. The Healthcare Preparedness Program is comprised of eight regions: CapRAC - Capital Region Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, DHPC - Duke Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, EHPC - Eastern Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, MAHPC - Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, MCRHC - Mid Carolina Regional Healthcare Coalition, MHPC - Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, SHPR - Southeastern Healthcare Preparedness Region, and the THPC - Triad Healthcare Preparedness Coalition.

Number of COVID-19 Suspected Patients Newly Admitted represents the number of patients from reporting hospitals that were admitted to an adult inpatient bed during the past 24 hours who are suspected of having COVID-19 at the time of admission. Some of these patients will become confirmed COVID-19 patients and some will be ruled out as not having COVID-19. This information can be an earlier indicator for suspected increases in the total number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the coming days.  All data are preliminary and may change as data are investigated.

Number of COVID-19 Confirmed Patients Newly Admitted represents the number of patients from reporting hospitals that were admitted to an adult inpatient bed during the past 24 hours who are confirmed with COVID-19 at the time of admission. This provides us with the number of patients that are being newly admitted with COVID-19 which is an earlier indicator for increases in the total number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the coming days. All data are preliminary and may change as data are investigated.

Age is a required demographic data element for hospital systems to collect, although data can in rare cases be reported as “Unknown”. The age groups (0-17, 18-19, 20-29 etc.) are based on requirements provided by the federal government.

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender are all considered PHI/PII data and are not always recorded by hospitals or provided by patients. Some hospitals will report these demographic element as “Not Disclosed” indicating it is not collected by their reporting system and they are not able to provide it to DHHS for reporting. 

“Not Reported” provides the percentage of the demographic metric that was not reported by hospitals for the COVID-19 confirmed or suspected metrics to NCDHHS. “Not Reported” differs from “Not Disclosed” by indicating a hospital did not submit the required demographic information to NCDHHS. NCDHHS is actively working with hospitals to improve compliance with demographic reporting requirements.