Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Idaho

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January 21, 2022
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Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Idaho

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less severe illness than Delta and the original virus, however, health officials have warned an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalization and death rates—especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.

The United States as of Jan. 20 reached 859,067 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 69 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 63.1% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 39% have received booster doses.

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 and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the percent of in-patient hospital beds filled as of Jan. 19, with the percent of hospital beds filled by COVID-19 patients 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. Butte County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 6.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 91.7% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 693 (18 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#32. Teton County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 6.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 91.7% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,326 (161 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#31. Power County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 80.6% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 677 (52 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#30. Valley County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 21.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 70.8% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,773 (202 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#29. Lemhi County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 68.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 635 (51 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#28. Idaho County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 68.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 426 (71 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#27. Gem County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 25.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 65.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 392 (71 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#26. Bear Lake County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 29.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 59.7% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 7.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 91.5% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 539 (33 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#25. Gooding County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 30.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 58.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 277 (42 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#24. Blaine County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 33.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 54.2% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,238 (285 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#23. Oneida County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 36.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 50.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 508 (23 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#22. Madison County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 38.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.2% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 32.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 61.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,393 (556 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#21. Clearwater County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 39.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 45.8% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 834 (73 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#20. Caribou County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 40.3% 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: 769 (55 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#19. Benewah County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 40.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 172 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#18. Cassia County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.9% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 69.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.9% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 171 (41 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#17. Washington County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 36.1% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 373 (38 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#16. Jerome County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 47.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 34.7% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 250 (61 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#15. Minidoka County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 50.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 30.6% 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: 152 (32 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#14. Shoshone County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 56.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 22.2% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 202 (26 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#13. Canyon County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 62.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 13.9% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 88.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.3% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 934 (2,147 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#12. Bonner County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 63.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 61.0% (36.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.6% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 256 (117 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#11. Bonneville County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 66.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.3% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 62.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 24.4% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,359 (1,618 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#10. Elmore County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 67.0% (64.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.9% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 607 (167 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#9. Latah County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.6% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 59.0% (59.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.0% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 541 (217 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#8. Bingham County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 69.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.2% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 88.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.3% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 855 (400 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#7. Franklin County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.4% more availability than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 786 (109 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#6. Bannock County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 73.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.4% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 70.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 14.6% more availability than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,019 (895 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#5. Boundary County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 74.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 2.8% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 122 (15 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#4. Kootenai County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.2% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 91.0% (42.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.0% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 429 (711 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#3. Nez Perce County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.9% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (35.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 22.0% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 911 (368 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#2. Twin Falls County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.3% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 86.0% (32.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.9% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 407 (354 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#1. Ada County, ID

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 27.8% more full than Idaho overall
- ICU beds occupied: 90.0% (36.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.8% more full than Idaho overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 714 (3,440 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available

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