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The number of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units (ICU) is down significantly from this time last year, even with the tally up from the summer.

As of this week, 14,952 ICU beds are being used by COVID-19 patients, Newsweek reported, citing Johns Hopkins University data.

By comparison, during the week of Dec. 7-13, 2020, there were 25,507 ICU beds in use for COVID-19 patients, Newsweek reported.

However, the number is up from July, when the total was below 10,000 for much of the month.

Additionally, certain states such as Michigan, New Hampshire and Colorado have seen increases from this time last year. Those three states currently have over 30% of ICU beds in use for COVID-19 patients, Newsweek reported.

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