Counties with Lowest Hospital Bed Capacity in Utah | Regional news
The vaccine use in December 2020 marked a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the US population was fully vaccinated. However, with vaccination rates lagging in the summer, there have been new spikes in COVID-19, including Delta in the summer of 2021 and now the Omicron variant that accounts for the majority of cases in the United States
Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthroughs and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less serious illness than Delta and the original virus, however health officials warned that a surge caused by omicrones could still increase hospital admissions and death rates – especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.
As of December 30, the United States had 823,307 COVID-19-related deaths and 53.8 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 61.9% of the population are fully vaccinated and 33.1% have received booster doses.
Stacker has compiled a list of the counties with the lowest inpatient bed capacity in Utah based on data from the U.S. Department of Health. The counties are ranked according to the percentage of inpatient hospital beds occupied as of December 29, with the availability of the intensive care unit serving as a decision criterion. Hospital admission data were available for approximately 77% of the counties in the United States. Read on to see what hospital capacity is like in your county.