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U.S. Covid Hospitalizations on Cusp of First Decline in Months

A Registered Nurse tends to a Covid-19 patient at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif. on Jan. 11. 

A Registered Nurse tends to a Covid-19 patient at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif. on Jan. 11. 

Photographer: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images

The number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients was roughly flat in the U.S. this week, and likely will begin declining for the first time since September.

The numbers are now dropping compared with a week earlier in both the Northeast and Midwest, according to the Covid Tracking Project. In the West, they were up 0.8%, the least since Oct. 1 on a percentage basis. The South has the most alarming momentum, with an increase of 4.2% from seven days earlier.