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Patients went into the hospital for care. After testing positive there for COVID-19, some never came out.

USA Today

By Christina Jewett
Kaiser Health News
November 4, 2021

They went into hospitals with heart attacks, kidney failure, or in a psychiatric crisis.

They left with COVID-19 – if they left at all.

More than 10,000 patients were diagnosed with COVID-19 in a U.S. hospital last year after they were admitted for something else, according to federal and state records analyzed exclusively for Kaiser Health News. The number is certainly an undercount, since it includes mostly patients 65 and older, plus California and Florida patients of all ages.

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