Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in West Virginia

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

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 West Virginia 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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#38. Calhoun County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 82.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,083 (77 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 34.0% (2,419 fully vaccinated)
--- -40.0% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#37. Webster County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 15.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 81.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 887 (72 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.2% (3,830 fully vaccinated)
--- -16.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#36. Pocahontas County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 16.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 80.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 340 (28 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.2% (4,309 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.9% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#35. Marshall County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 35.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 56.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 75.0% (27.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 350 (107 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.4% (13,565 fully vaccinated)
--- -21.7% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#34. Braxton County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 36.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 55.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 509 (71 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.3% (6,184 fully vaccinated)
--- -21.9% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#33. Summers County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 37.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 53.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 429 (54 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.4% (7,840 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.1% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#32. Wetzel County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 39.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 51.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 77.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 392 (59 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.8% (8,552 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.2% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#31. Preston County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 42.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 47.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 57.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 28.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 503 (168 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.0% (18,392 fully vaccinated)
--- -3.0% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#30. Tyler County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 43.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 303 (26 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.8% (3,588 fully vaccinated)
--- -26.3% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#29. Roane County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 47.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 41.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 424 (58 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.5% (6,501 fully vaccinated)
--- -16.2% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#28. Taylor County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 38.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 43.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 46.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 857 (143 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.9% (7,830 fully vaccinated)
--- -17.3% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#27. Hampshire County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 50.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 319 (74 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.5% (10,542 fully vaccinated)
--- -19.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#26. Barbour County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 51.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 36.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 760 (125 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.9% (8,038 fully vaccinated)
--- -13.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#25. McDowell County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 58.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 27.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 53.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 33.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 1,305 (230 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.6% (8,914 fully vaccinated)
--- -10.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#24. Mineral County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 50.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 37.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 331 (89 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.4% (13,553 fully vaccinated)
--- -11.1% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#23. Hancock County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 77.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 3.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 118 (34 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.5% (18,857 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.5% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#22. Morgan County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 196 (35 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.0% (7,151 fully vaccinated)
--- -29.5% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#21. Jackson County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 73.0% (31.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 318 (91 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.7% (14,778 fully vaccinated)
--- -8.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#20. Mason County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 76.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 5.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 80.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 0.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 502 (133 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.8% (12,952 fully vaccinated)
--- -13.9% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#19. Wood County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 79.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 81.0% (51.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 352 (294 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.8% (48,257 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.9% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#18. Upshur County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (22.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 0.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 82.0% (46.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 2.5% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 612 (148 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.7% (12,014 fully vaccinated)
--- -12.3% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#17. Logan County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 0.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 99.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 23.8% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 490 (157 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.9% (17,902 fully vaccinated)
--- -1.4% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#16. Nicholas County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 0.0% more availability than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 580 (142 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.9% (12,713 fully vaccinated)
--- -8.5% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#15. Boone County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 81.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: data not available
--- 80% full in West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 508 (109 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.2% (10,135 fully vaccinated)
--- -16.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#14. Jefferson County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 2.5% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 89.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.3% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 171 (98 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.2% (35,565 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.7% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#13. Harrison County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 85.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 6.2% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 70.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 605 (407 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.6% (34,675 fully vaccinated)
--- -9.0% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#12. Kanawha County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 86.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.5% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 69.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 13.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 374 (666 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.8% (115,492 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.3% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#11. Berkeley County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 86.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 7.5% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 70.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 225 (268 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.9% (64,223 fully vaccinated)
--- -4.9% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#10. Ohio County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 87.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.7% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 70.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 171 (71 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.5% (27,142 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.5% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#9. Cabell County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 87.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 8.7% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 90.0% (27.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 12.5% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 409 (376 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.5% (54,720 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.9% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#8. Fayette County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 88.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 33.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 58.8% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 549 (233 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.1% (23,353 fully vaccinated)
--- -2.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#7. Mercer County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 88.0% (27.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 10.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (70.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 560 (329 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.6% (30,932 fully vaccinated)
--- -7.2% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#6. Raleigh County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 89.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.3% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (42.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 463 (340 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.4% (39,139 fully vaccinated)
--- -5.8% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#5. Randolph County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 89.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.3% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 98.0% (65.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 22.5% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 568 (163 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.9% (15,474 fully vaccinated)
--- -4.9% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#4. Grant County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 91.0% (28.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 13.8% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 71.0% (33.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 11.3% more availability than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 467 (54 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.2% (5,115 fully vaccinated)
--- -22.0% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#3. Lewis County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 15.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (50.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 18.8% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 861 (137 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.9% (9,049 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.4% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#2. Monongalia County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 96.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 20.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 81.0% (27.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 1.3% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 270 (285 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.0% (61,259 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.3% higher vaccination rate than West Virginia
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#1. Greenbrier County, WV

- Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (38.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (57.0% by COVID-19 patients)
--- 25.0% more full than West Virginia overall
- Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 571 (198 cases)
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.4% (18,859 fully vaccinated)
--- -4.1% lower vaccination rate than West Virginia

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