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When we see some data anomaly in a facility’s COVID-19 inpatient or ICU hospitalization numbers as reported to HHS, we flag this by minimizing the view of that facility on the map to a small circle outline and noting in this facility’s details that some data may have been reported erroneously.

These anomalies are seen in less than 1-3 percent of all facilities reporting in any given week and usually involve only one or two metrics out of the several dozen that are reported daily.

These data anomalies could be present in either or both the “Inpatient” and “ICU” data layers depending on the facility and week. We currently flag data anomalies in facilities reporting:

  • Adult COVID-19 patients currently in hospital is more than All adult patients currently in hospital
  • Percent of adult inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is more than Percent of adult inpatient beds occupied by all patients
  • Adult COVID-19 patients currently in ICU is more than All adult patients currently in ICU
  • Percent of adult ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is more than Percent of adult ICU beds occupied by all patients
  • Adult COVID-19 patients currently in ICU is more than Adult COVID-19 patients currently in hospital
  • All adult patients currently in ICU is more than All adult patients currently in hospital
  • Unexpectedly large changes in the number of staffed or occupied beds

In the table below, we list all facilities flagged with these anomalies in either the “Inpatient” or “ICU” data on the most recent week of reporting to HHS. Original data files and data definitions can be accessed at the page hosting this dataset. Feedback and inquiries about the data can be shared with HealthData.gov.

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