Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Maryland

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

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 Maryland 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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#20. Garrett County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 55.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 22.5% more availability than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 86.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.9% more full than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 186 (54 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.1% (14,237 fully vaccinated)
--- -33.6% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#19. Prince George's County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.9% more availability than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 53.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.4% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 45 (405 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.3% (657,669 fully vaccinated)
--- -2.2% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#18. Howard County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 66.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.0% more availability than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 58.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.3% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 76 (246 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 84.5% (275,311 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.3% higher vaccination rate than Maryland
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#17. Frederick County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 67.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.6% more availability than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 69.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.9% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 87 (227 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 75.7% (196,548 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.4% higher vaccination rate than Maryland
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#16. Worcester County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 70.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.4% more availability than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 54.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 34.1% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 69 (36 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.4% (36,778 fully vaccinated)
--- -4.7% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#15. Cecil County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.6% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 52.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 36.6% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 96 (99 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.1% (58,778 fully vaccinated)
--- -22.7% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#14. Montgomery County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 76.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.0% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 67.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.3% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 74 (780 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 85.3% (896,039 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.4% higher vaccination rate than Maryland
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#13. Kent County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.5% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 30.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 63.4% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 62 (12 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#12. Charles County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.9% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 88.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.3% more full than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 80 (130 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.7% (112,178 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.0% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#11. Carroll County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 79.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.3% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 90.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.8% more full than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 74 (124 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.1% (123,114 fully vaccinated)
--- -1.1% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#10. Wicomico County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.5% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 49.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 40.2% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 82 (85 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.5% (56,502 fully vaccinated)
--- -26.3% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#9. Washington County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.5% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 79.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.7% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 100 (151 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.6% (88,505 fully vaccinated)
--- -20.7% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#8. Baltimore city, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 83.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 16.9% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 79.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.7% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 131 (776 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.3% (375,559 fully vaccinated)
--- -14.3% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#7. Calvert County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 84.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.3% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 71.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 13.4% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 85 (79 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.0% (64,756 fully vaccinated)
--- -5.3% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#6. Baltimore County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 85.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 19.7% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 83.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.2% more full than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 67 (555 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.2% (580,680 fully vaccinated)
--- -5.0% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#5. Harford County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.6% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 69.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.9% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 65 (165 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.4% (174,717 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.4% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#4. Talbot County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 93.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 31.0% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 112.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 36.6% more full than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 78 (29 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.3% (26,864 fully vaccinated)
--- -2.2% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#3. St. Mary's County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 99.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.4% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 99.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.7% more full than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 123 (140 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.2% (74,044 fully vaccinated)
--- -11.8% lower vaccination rate than Maryland
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#2. Anne Arundel County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 40.8% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 92.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.2% more full than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 71 (409 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 75.8% (439,337 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.6% higher vaccination rate than Maryland
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#1. Allegany County, MD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 102.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 43.7% more full than Maryland overall
- ICU beds occupied: 62.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 24.4% more availability than Maryland overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 249 (175 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.1% (38,798 fully vaccinated)
--- -25.4% lower vaccination rate than Maryland

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