Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in South Dakota

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December 3, 2021
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Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in South Dakota

The deployment of vaccines beginning in December signaled a turning point in the pandemic. By Feb. 2,more Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19 than had been infected. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came. More than 80% of these cases by late July were caused by the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the original virus. This has resulted in growing rates of community transmission and—especially in areas with lower vaccination rates—increasing rates of hospitalization and death.

The United States reached 782,794 COVID-19-related deaths and 48.7 million COVID-19 cases as of Dec. 1, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Currently, 59.4% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Epidemiologists say the lower the vaccination rate, the more the virus has the opportunity to continue to evolve and become more dangerous.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the lowest in-patient bed capacity in South Dakota using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the percent of in-patient hospital beds filled as of Dec. 1, with ICU availability 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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#45. Bennett County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 7.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 88.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 30 (1 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.4% (1,629 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#44. Walworth County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 13.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 78.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 37 (2 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.3% (2,409 fully vaccinated)
--- 19.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#43. Clay County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 76.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 149 (21 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.0% (8,727 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.1% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#42. Hand County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 15.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 75.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 313 (10 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.9% (1,464 fully vaccinated)
--- 16.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#41. Turner County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 17.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 71.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 191 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.1% (4,117 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#40. Beadle County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 20.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 66.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 2.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 96.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 119 (22 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.0% (8,296 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#39. Gregory County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 22.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 63.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 478 (20 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.4% (1,941 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#38. Spink County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 61.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 157 (10 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.0% (3,126 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.6% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#37. Brookings County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 61.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 7.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 89.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 165 (58 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.8% (16,432 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.6% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#36. Charles Mix County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 61.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 506 (47 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.5% (4,508 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.5% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#35. Day County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 26.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 56.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 203 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.7% (3,240 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.9% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#34. Deuel County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 27.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 55.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 483 (21 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.1% (1,876 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#33. Moody County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 27.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 55.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 198 (13 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.9% (2,884 fully vaccinated)
--- 19.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#32. Jerauld County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 29.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 51.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 199 (4 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.7% (961 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.0% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#31. Faulk County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 30.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 50.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 304 (7 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.8% (1,168 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#30. Marshall County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 31.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 284 (14 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.8% (2,409 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#29. Union County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 32.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 308 (49 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.9% (7,470 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#28. McPherson County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 32.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 252 (6 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 13.2% (315 fully vaccinated)
--- 75.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#27. Lincoln County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 34.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 43.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 339 (207 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.5% (32,100 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#26. Grant County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 34.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 43.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 241 (17 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.1% (3,182 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#25. Lake County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 36.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 40.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 250 (32 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.3% (5,925 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.5% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#24. Tripp County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 202 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.1% (2,288 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#23. Bon Homme County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 304 (21 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.8% (3,714 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.8% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#22. Brule County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 321 (17 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.5% (2,620 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#21. Edmunds County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 38.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 36.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 209 (8 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.8% (1,637 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#20. Fall River County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 39.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 462 (31 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.2% (3,906 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.2% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#19. Hutchinson County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 40.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 521 (38 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.6% (3,690 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#18. Douglas County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 548 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.4% (1,413 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#17. Davison County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 45.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 298 (59 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.5% (10,775 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.5% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#16. Meade County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 48.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 18.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 71.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 244 (69 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.6% (14,341 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#15. Kingsbury County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 48.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 223 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.9% (3,055 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.0% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#14. Haakon County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 53 (1 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.8% (755 fully vaccinated)
--- 27.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#13. Roberts County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 51.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 308 (32 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.2% (6,566 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.3% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#12. Potter County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 51.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 418 (9 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.5% (1,217 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.1% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#11. Brown County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 53.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 33.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.4% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 263 (102 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.2% (19,872 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.6% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#10. Yankton County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 57.0% (22.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 82.0% (63.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.1% more full than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 162 (37 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.9% (13,448 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.5% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#9. Todd County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 63.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.0% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 403 (41 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.9% (5,182 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#8. Oglala Lakota County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 63.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.0% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 28 (4 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.2% (8,824 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.5% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#7. Minnehaha County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 69.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.0% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 66.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.1% more full than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 368 (711 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.8% (115,432 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.1% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#6. Hughes County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 72.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.0% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 67.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.7% more full than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 382 (67 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.3% (11,448 fully vaccinated)
--- 19.2% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#5. Codington County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 56.3% more full than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 228 (64 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.3% (14,084 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#4. Lawrence County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.3% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 32.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 50.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 244 (63 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.6% (13,329 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.8% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#3. Pennington County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 85.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 41.7% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (34.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 48.4% more full than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 265 (301 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.7% (59,904 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.8% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#2. Custer County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 88.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.7% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 167 (15 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.6% (4,275 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#1. Dewey County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 107.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 78.3% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 64% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 272 (16 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.8% (3,522 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.1% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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