Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in New Mexico

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

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 New Mexico 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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#25. Guadalupe County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 9.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 88.5% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 90% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,837 (79 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.3% (2,636 fully vaccinated)
--- -9.5% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#24. Quay County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 82.1% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 90% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,369 (113 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.6% (3,430 fully vaccinated)
--- -38.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#23. Union County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 16.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 79.5% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 90% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,355 (55 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.1% (1,873 fully vaccinated)
--- -31.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#22. Colfax County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 41.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.4% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 66.0% (66.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 26.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,424 (170 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.2% (6,830 fully vaccinated)
--- -15.5% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#21. Socorro County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 47.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 90% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,431 (238 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.0% (9,479 fully vaccinated)
--- -15.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#20. Curry County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 47.0% (24.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 84.0% (45.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,834 (898 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.2% (20,674 fully vaccinated)
--- -37.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#19. Luna County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 50.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.9% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,308 (310 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.7% (14,873 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.4% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#18. Lea County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 51.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 34.6% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 79.0% (79.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.2% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,653 (1,175 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.4% (28,016 fully vaccinated)
--- -41.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#17. Los Alamos County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 56.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.2% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 46.0% (36.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.9% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 2,055 (398 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.9% (13,723 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.7% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#16. McKinley County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 57.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 26.9% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (30.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.1% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 2,473 (1,765 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.2% (47,241 fully vaccinated)
--- -2.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#15. Sierra County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 65.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 16.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 90% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 797 (86 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.6% (6,541 fully vaccinated)
--- -10.5% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#14. Rio Arriba County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 66.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.4% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 98.0% (79.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.9% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 2,135 (831 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.2% (26,533 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.7% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#13. Taos County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 97.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,268 (415 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.6% (23,767 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.2% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#12. Sandoval County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 87.0% (63.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 2,021 (2,966 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.2% (92,757 fully vaccinated)
--- -6.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#11. Lincoln County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 74.0% (38.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.1% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 83.0% (61.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,860 (364 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.2% (10,220 fully vaccinated)
--- -22.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#10. Doña Ana County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (46.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.6% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 2,521 (5,501 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.1% (133,296 fully vaccinated)
--- -9.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#9. Santa Fe County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 74.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 17.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,999 (3,006 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.7% (106,284 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.4% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#8. Chaves County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (33.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 99.0% (51.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.0% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 3,033 (1,960 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.4% (25,428 fully vaccinated)
--- -41.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#7. Otero County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 79.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.1% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,219 (823 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.4% (28,593 fully vaccinated)
--- -37.4% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#6. Eddy County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 79.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (90.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.1% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,623 (949 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.9% (23,912 fully vaccinated)
--- -39.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#5. Cibola County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (36.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.1% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (100.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.1% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,788 (477 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.4% (15,853 fully vaccinated)
--- -12.3% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#4. Bernalillo County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 84.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.7% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 93.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.3% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,615 (10,969 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.3% (423,269 fully vaccinated)
--- -8.0% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#3. San Juan County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 86.0% (22.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.3% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 64.0% (24.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.9% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 2,112 (2,618 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.5% (76,285 fully vaccinated)
--- -9.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#2. Grant County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 17.9% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (33.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.1% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,526 (412 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.5% (16,332 fully vaccinated)
--- -10.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#1. San Miguel County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (27.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 17.9% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 85.0% (30.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.6% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 2,097 (572 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.7% (16,296 fully vaccinated)
--- -11.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico

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