In NYC, 51% of patients who count as "hospitalized with COVID" were admitted for reasons other than COVID and then tested positive for it anyway.
Perhaps it's time to stop counting cases and focus on number of deaths?
Likewise as reported in California by Eric Ting writing for SFGATE,
How much does "with COVID" vs. "for COVID" matter? Marin County recently saw a hospitalization "spike." Turns out at least 42% are incidental positives "We have to revise our method for counting hospitalizations," says the county health officer