Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Washington

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

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 Washington 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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#36. Ferry County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 11.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 82.8% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 39 (3 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#35. Klickitat County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 29.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 54.7% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#34. Franklin County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.7% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 55.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.9% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#33. Adams County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 48.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 20 (4 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#32. Pacific County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 50.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 21.9% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#31. Mason County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 56.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 76.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 40.7% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 64 (43 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.1% (40,126 fully vaccinated)
--- -15.7% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#30. Kittitas County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 58.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 9.4% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 38.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.6% more availability than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#29. Okanogan County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 0.0% more availability than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 137 (58 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.7% (28,176 fully vaccinated)
--- -6.5% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#28. Whitman County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.3% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 67.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 24.1% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 18 (9 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#27. Benton County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.3% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 75.9% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#26. Columbia County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 69.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.8% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 276 (11 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#25. Stevens County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.9% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 71.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 31.5% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 81 (37 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.7% (17,688 fully vaccinated)
--- -45.7% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#24. Island County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 72.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 62.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 14.8% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1 (1 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#23. Garfield County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 72.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 315 (7 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#22. Lincoln County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 73.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 14.1% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#21. Pierce County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 93.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 72.2% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#20. Pend Oreille County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (33.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#19. King County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.1% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 75.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.9% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 8 (169 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 79.9% (1,799,144 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.1% higher vaccination rate than Washington
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#18. Grant County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 83.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 29.7% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 85.2% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 70 (68 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.1% (54,831 fully vaccinated)
--- -21.3% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#17. Lewis County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 84.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 31.3% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 85.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 57.4% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 145 (117 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.5% (40,734 fully vaccinated)
--- -29.2% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#16. Yakima County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 86.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 34.4% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 84.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 55.6% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#15. Clallam County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 87.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.9% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 86.0% (39.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 59.3% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#14. Chelan County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 87.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.9% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 87.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 61.1% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#13. Jefferson County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 87.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.9% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (38.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 85.2% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 22 (7 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#12. Thurston County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 88.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.5% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 89.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 64.8% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#11. Spokane County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 89.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.1% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 82.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 51.9% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#10. Kitsap County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 89.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 39.1% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 91.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 68.5% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 6 (17 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.9% (186,937 fully vaccinated)
--- -3.4% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#9. Skagit County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 91.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.2% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 73.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 35.2% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 27 (35 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.2% (85,512 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.2% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#8. Grays Harbor County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 91.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 42.2% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 75.9% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#7. Snohomish County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 43.8% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 67.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 24.1% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#6. Walla Walla County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 43.8% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 89.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 64.8% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#5. Asotin County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 43.8% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 85.2% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 89 (20 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.8% (9,209 fully vaccinated)
--- -42.8% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#4. Clark County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 96.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 50.0% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 75.9% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 166 (809 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.6% (310,501 fully vaccinated)
--- -10.8% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#3. Whatcom County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 56.3% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (45.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 85.2% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 0 (0 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: not available
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#2. Cowlitz County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 56.3% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (35.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 85.2% more full than Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 161 (178 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.9% (64,065 fully vaccinated)
--- -18.8% lower vaccination rate than Washington
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#1. San Juan County, WA

- Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 56.3% more full than Washington overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 54% full in Washington overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 216 (38 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 80.9% (14,229 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.5% higher vaccination rate than Washington

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