Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Iowa

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February 25, 2022
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Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Iowa

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 Feb. 24 reached 942,985 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 78.7 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 64.8% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 43.4% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the lowest in-patient bed capacity in Iowa 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 Feb. 23, 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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#50. Wright County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 40.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 52.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 72 (9 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#49. Clarke County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 40.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 52.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 138 (13 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#48. Osceola County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 40.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 52.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#47. Washington County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 41.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 51.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 141 (31 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.1% (12,318 fully vaccinated)
--- -8.0% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#46. Lee County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 107 (36 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.2% (16,908 fully vaccinated)
--- -17.7% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#45. Adair County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 84 (6 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#44. Adams County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 83 (3 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#43. Marshall County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.6% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 117 (46 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.9% (25,548 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.4% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#42. Guthrie County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.6% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 94 (10 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#41. Calhoun County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 83 (8 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#40. Hamilton County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 291 (43 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.5% (9,235 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.5% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#39. Delaware County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 45.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 7.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 91.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 47 (8 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#38. Cass County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 45.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 25.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 69.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 171 (22 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.5% (7,377 fully vaccinated)
--- -5.7% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#37. Winneshiek County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 47.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 44.0% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 145 (29 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.7% (12,343 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.1% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#36. Carroll County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 48.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.9% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 21.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 74.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 74 (15 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#35. Plymouth County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 48.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.9% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 119 (30 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.9% (13,077 fully vaccinated)
--- -14.9% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#34. Mitchell County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 48.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.9% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 227 (24 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.3% (5,116 fully vaccinated)
--- -20.8% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#33. Decatur County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 41.7% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 127 (10 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#32. Floyd County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 41.7% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 102 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#31. Monroe County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 41.7% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 65 (5 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#30. Wapello County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 52.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.1% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 81.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 157 (55 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.0% (17,139 fully vaccinated)
--- -19.7% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#29. Madison County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 53.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 36.9% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 67 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#28. Cerro Gordo County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 54.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.7% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 84.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 2.4% more full than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 191 (81 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.4% (26,502 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.3% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#27. Muscatine County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 55.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 34.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 88.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.3% more full than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 82 (35 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.0% (25,611 fully vaccinated)
--- -1.6% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#26. Mahaska County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 56.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.3% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 72 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#25. Jackson County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 57.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 32.1% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 144 (28 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.5% (10,205 fully vaccinated)
--- -13.9% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#24. Des Moines County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 58.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 31.0% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 47.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.7% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 172 (67 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.9% (19,827 fully vaccinated)
--- -16.6% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#23. Black Hawk County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 59.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 66.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 19.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 127 (167 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.4% (77,933 fully vaccinated)
--- -2.6% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#22. Dubuque County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 59.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 76.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.3% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 246 (239 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.7% (61,954 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.4% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#21. Woodbury County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 61.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 27.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 45.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 45.1% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 201 (207 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.5% (57,246 fully vaccinated)
--- -9.0% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#20. Iowa County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 62.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 26.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 68 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#19. Jasper County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 62.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 26.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 207 (77 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.8% (21,504 fully vaccinated)
--- -5.2% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#18. Franklin County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 218 (22 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.9% (5,432 fully vaccinated)
--- -11.6% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#17. Humboldt County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 146 (14 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#16. Marion County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 66.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 21.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 117 (39 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.5% (17,445 fully vaccinated)
--- -13.9% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#15. Henry County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 66.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 21.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 120 (24 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.1% (10,588 fully vaccinated)
--- -13.0% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#14. Scott County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 67.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 72.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.2% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 84 (145 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.9% (103,635 fully vaccinated)
--- -1.8% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#13. Jones County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 19.0% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 126 (26 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.0% (11,994 fully vaccinated)
--- -4.9% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#12. Van Buren County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 142 (10 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#11. Monona County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 151 (13 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#10. Jefferson County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 72.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 14.3% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 12.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 85.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 175 (32 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.5% (8,698 fully vaccinated)
--- -22.1% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#9. Linn County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 76.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 74.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 146 (331 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.9% (149,403 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.0% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#8. Kossuth County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.1% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 142 (21 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.4% (7,611 fully vaccinated)
--- -15.7% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#7. Webster County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 76.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.3% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 159 (57 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.9% (20,417 fully vaccinated)
--- -6.7% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#6. Pottawattamie County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 2.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 74.0% (31.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.8% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 118 (110 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.6% (52,712 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.2% lower vaccination rate than Iowa
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#5. Harrison County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 2.4% more availability than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 107 (15 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#4. Polk County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 90.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.1% more full than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 88.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.3% more full than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 144 (706 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.7% (326,806 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.3% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#3. Story County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 93.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.7% more full than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 66.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 19.5% more availability than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 145 (141 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.5% (60,679 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.5% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#2. Johnson County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 94.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.9% more full than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: 89.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.5% more full than Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 159 (241 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.7% (108,382 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.5% higher vaccination rate than Iowa
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#1. Appanoose County, IA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 19.0% more full than Iowa overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 82% full in Iowa overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 330 (41 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.8% (5,815 fully vaccinated)
--- -23.3% lower vaccination rate than Iowa

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