Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in South Dakota

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

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 South Dakota 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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#45. Kingsbury County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 0.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 61 (3 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#44. Potter County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 4.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 94.5% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 139 (3 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#43. McPherson County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 4.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 94.5% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 84 (2 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#42. Edmunds County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 11.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 84.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 78 (3 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#41. Douglas County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 12.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 83.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#40. Hand County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 13.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 82.2% 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: 94 (3 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#39. Walworth County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 16.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 78.1% 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: 92 (5 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#38. Bennett County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 17.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 76.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 149 (5 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#37. Fall River County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 18.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 75.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 164 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#36. Turner County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 19.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 74.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 72 (6 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#35. Lincoln County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 20.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 72.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 39 (24 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.8% (35,342 fully vaccinated)
--- -3.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#34. Beadle County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 25.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 65.8% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 16.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 79.2% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 81 (15 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#33. Grant County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 30.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 58.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 28 (2 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#32. Marshall County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 30.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 58.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 142 (7 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#31. Jerauld County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 31.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 57.5% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 99 (2 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#30. Hutchinson County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 32.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 56.2% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 27 (2 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#29. Clay County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 35.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 52.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 78 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#28. Faulk County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 36.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 50.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 217 (5 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#27. Davison County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 49.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 50.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 51 (10 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#26. Charles Mix County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 49.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 65 (6 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#25. Lake County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 38.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.9% 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: 47 (6 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#24. Todd County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 38.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 373 (38 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.9% (6,710 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.2% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#23. Gregory County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 39.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.6% 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: 119 (5 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#22. Deuel County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 39.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 92 (4 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#21. Brown County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 42.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.5% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 28.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 63.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 147 (57 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.8% (21,661 fully vaccinated)
--- -6.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#20. Brule County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 41.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 38 (2 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#19. Hughes County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 36.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 53.2% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 137 (24 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.6% (12,368 fully vaccinated)
--- 18.1% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#18. Roberts County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 337 (35 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.7% (7,454 fully vaccinated)
--- 19.9% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#17. Bon Homme County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 72 (5 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#16. Brookings County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.4% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 14.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 81.8% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 54 (19 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.2% (17,961 fully vaccinated)
--- -14.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#15. Meade County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 46.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 51.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.8% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 201 (57 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.3% (15,109 fully vaccinated)
--- -10.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#14. Oglala Lakota County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 47.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 212 (30 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 75.3% (10,678 fully vaccinated)
--- 25.9% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#13. Haakon County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 48.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 34.2% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 211 (4 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#12. Spink County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 51.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 30.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 21.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 72.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 141 (9 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#11. Tripp County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 54.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 26.0% 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: 55 (3 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#10. Yankton County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 54.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 26.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 50.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 53 (12 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#9. Dewey County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 55.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 24.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 11,643 (686 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.7% (4,226 fully vaccinated)
--- 19.9% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#8. Moody County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 63.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 13.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 30 (2 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#7. Lawrence County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 61.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.8% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 132 (34 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.4% (14,570 fully vaccinated)
--- -5.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#6. Custer County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 65.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 123 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#5. Codington County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 70.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 4.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.9% more full than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 121 (34 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.9% (15,103 fully vaccinated)
--- -9.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#4. Union County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.5% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 107 (17 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.7% (8,070 fully vaccinated)
--- -15.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#3. Pennington County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.3% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 93.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.8% more full than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 115 (131 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.7% (64,533 fully vaccinated)
--- -5.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#2. Minnehaha County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 83.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 13.7% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: 55.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 55 (106 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.3% (126,128 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.2% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota
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#1. Day County, SD

- Inpatient beds occupied: 94.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.8% more full than South Dakota overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 77% full in South Dakota overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 74 (4 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available

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