Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in New Mexico

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February 25, 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 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 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 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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#26. Quay County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 3.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 95.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 121 (10 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#25. Guadalupe County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 79.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,000 (43 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.6% (2,648 fully vaccinated)
--- -11.4% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#24. Union County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 79.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 345 (14 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#23. Socorro County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 33.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 52.2% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 210 (35 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.5% (9,573 fully vaccinated)
--- -17.3% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#22. Curry County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 35.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 49.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 61.0% (35.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 223 (109 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.1% (22,549 fully vaccinated)
--- -33.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#21. Cibola County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 36.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (69.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 364 (97 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.9% (15,979 fully vaccinated)
--- -13.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#20. Lea County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 40.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 56.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 30.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 84 (60 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.2% (28,539 fully vaccinated)
--- -42.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#19. Lincoln County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 42.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.1% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 57.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 220 (43 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.7% (10,322 fully vaccinated)
--- -24.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#18. Colfax County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.7% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 25.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 68.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 142 (17 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.5% (6,864 fully vaccinated)
--- -17.3% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#17. Luna County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 20.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 75.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 359 (85 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.1% (15,196 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#16. Roosevelt County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 173 (32 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 35.6% (6,589 fully vaccinated)
--- -48.8% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#15. Sierra County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 167 (18 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.0% (6,587 fully vaccinated)
--- -12.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#14. McKinley County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 56.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (44.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 282 (201 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.6% (48,253 fully vaccinated)
--- -2.7% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#13. Los Alamos County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 61.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.6% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 50.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.5% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 253 (49 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.4% (13,823 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.7% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#12. Sandoval County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 69.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 0.0% more availability than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 73.0% (31.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 258 (379 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.9% (93,833 fully vaccinated)
--- -8.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#11. Taos County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 74.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.2% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 71.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 186 (61 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.9% (23,857 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.9% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#10. Eddy County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.7% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 99.0% (73.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 185 (108 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.6% (24,337 fully vaccinated)
--- -40.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#9. Doña Ana County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 76.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.1% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 99.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 280 (611 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.1% (135,539 fully vaccinated)
--- -10.6% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#8. Grant County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 79.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 14.5% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 59.0% (31.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 26.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 363 (98 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.1% (16,491 fully vaccinated)
--- -12.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#7. Chaves County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.9% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 96.0% (45.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.0% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 119 (77 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.1% (25,895 fully vaccinated)
--- -42.3% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#6. Santa Fe County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 75.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.3% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 194 (292 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.3% (107,161 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.6% higher vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#5. San Juan County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 77.0% (36.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.8% more availability than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 337 (418 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.1% (78,158 fully vaccinated)
--- -9.2% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#4. San Miguel County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 85.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.2% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 385 (105 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.5% (16,510 fully vaccinated)
--- -12.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#3. Otero County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (33.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 138 (93 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.1% (30,439 fully vaccinated)
--- -35.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#2. Bernalillo County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 83.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.3% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 90.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 209 (1,421 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.9% (433,636 fully vaccinated)
--- -8.1% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico
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#1. Rio Arriba County, NM

- Inpatient beds occupied: 95.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.7% more full than New Mexico overall
- ICU beds occupied: 86.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.5% more full than New Mexico overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 167 (65 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.2% (26,538 fully vaccinated)
--- -1.9% lower vaccination rate than New Mexico

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