Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Idaho

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December 3, 2021
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Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Idaho

The deployment of vaccines beginning in December signaled a turning point in the pandemic. By Feb. 2,more Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19 than had been infected. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came. More than 80% of these cases by late July were caused by the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the original virus. This has resulted in growing rates of community transmission and—especially in areas with lower vaccination rates—increasing rates of hospitalization and death.

The United States reached 782,794 COVID-19-related deaths and 48.7 million COVID-19 cases as of Dec. 1, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, 59.4% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Epidemiologists say the lower the vaccination rate, the more the virus has the opportunity to continue to evolve and become more dangerous.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the lowest in-patient bed capacity in Idaho using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the percent of in-patient hospital beds filled as of Dec. 1, with ICU availability serving as a tiebreaker. Hospitalization data was available for about 77% of counties in the U.S. Keep reading to see what hospital capacity looks like in your county.

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#33. Teton County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 4.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 94.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 107 (13 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.7% (6,642 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.8% higher vaccination rate than Idaho

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#32. Butte County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 9.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 86.8% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 231 (6 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.5% (1,105 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.2% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#31. Valley County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 16.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 76.5% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 149 (17 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.2% (6,175 fully vaccinated)
--- 19.6% higher vaccination rate than Idaho

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#30. Idaho County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 19.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 72.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 108 (18 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 27.6% (4,602 fully vaccinated)
--- 39.1% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#29. Oneida County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 21.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 69.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 132 (6 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.3% (1,734 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.5% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#28. Lemhi County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 66.2% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 249 (20 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.0% (3,371 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.3% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#27. Gem County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 27.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 60.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 88 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 35.5% (6,436 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.6% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#26. Blaine County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 31.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 54.4% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 122 (28 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.6% (16,013 fully vaccinated)
--- 53.6% higher vaccination rate than Idaho

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#25. Bear Lake County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 32.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 52.9% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 16 (1 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.8% (2,496 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.9% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#24. Benewah County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 33.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 51.5% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,000 (93 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.1% (4,196 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.4% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#23. Caribou County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 34.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 50.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 168 (12 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 34.5% (2,469 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.8% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#22. Elmore County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 35.0% (35.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.5% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 105 (29 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.8% (10,936 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.1% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#21. Bonner County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 45.6% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 50.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.5% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 195 (89 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.3% (17,524 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.5% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#20. Gooding County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 45.6% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 79 (12 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.1% (5,626 fully vaccinated)
--- 18.1% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#19. Clearwater County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 38.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 44.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 183 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.4% (3,361 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.2% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#18. Washington County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 36.8% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 36.2% (3,690 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.1% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#17. Jerome County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 115 (28 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.2% (9,076 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.9% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#16. Bingham County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.8% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 74.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.5% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 96 (45 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.4% (18,899 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.8% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#15. Boundary County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.8% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 131 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 30.7% (3,754 fully vaccinated)
--- 32.2% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#14. Cassia County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 32.4% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 55.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 31.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 50 (12 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 32.9% (7,907 fully vaccinated)
--- 27.4% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#13. Madison County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 47.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 30.9% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 36.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 55.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 140 (56 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.1% (18,016 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.4% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#12. Power County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 51.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 91 (7 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.8% (3,289 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.5% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#11. Minidoka County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 53.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 22.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 62 (13 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 34.7% (7,298 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.4% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#10. Franklin County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 58.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 14.7% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 137 (19 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.5% (5,203 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.2% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#9. Canyon County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 59.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 13.2% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 85.0% (22.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.2% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 74 (169 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.3% (88,072 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.5% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#8. Latah County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 62.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.8% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 43.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 60 (24 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.9% (20,410 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.4% higher vaccination rate than Idaho

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#7. Bonneville County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.9% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 72.0% (40.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 144 (172 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.7% (52,074 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.5% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#6. Shoshone County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 69.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.5% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 264 (34 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.1% (5,039 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.7% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#5. Bannock County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.4% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 76.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 97 (85 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.6% (38,245 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.8% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#4. Kootenai County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.3% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (55.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 170 (281 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.0% (66,346 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.7% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#3. Twin Falls County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 17.6% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 84.0% (30.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.0% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 158 (137 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.6% (36,106 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.2% lower vaccination rate than Idaho

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#2. Nez Perce County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 81.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 19.1% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (30.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 104 (42 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.7% (19,694 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.5% higher vaccination rate than Idaho

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#1. Ada County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 84.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.5% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 82.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 2.5% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 134 (647 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.6% (257,910 fully vaccinated)
--- 18.3% higher vaccination rate than Idaho

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