Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in South Dakota

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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 Sep. 20, 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. Faulk County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 13.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 78.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 304 (7 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.5% (1,000 fully vaccinated)
— 14.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#44. Kingsbury County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 77.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 202 (10 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.2% (2,727 fully vaccinated)
— 8.2% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#43. Day County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 14.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 77.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 111 (6 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.6% (2,529 fully vaccinated)
— 8.6% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#42. Charles Mix County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 16.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 73.8% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 280 (26 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.9% (3,796 fully vaccinated)
— 19.8% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#41. Potter County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 16.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 73.8% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 46 (1 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.6% (961 fully vaccinated)
— 12.5% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#40. Edmunds County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 19.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 68.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 131 (5 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 31.1% (1,189 fully vaccinated)
— 39.0% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#39. Lincoln County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 21.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 65.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 206 (126 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.6% (24,186 fully vaccinated)
— 22.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#38. Deuel County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 21.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 65.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 184 (8 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 32.8% (1,429 fully vaccinated)
— 35.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#37. Bon Homme County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 22.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 63.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 116 (8 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.2% (3,053 fully vaccinated)
— 13.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#36. Spink County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 62.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 86.0% (.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 32.3% more full than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 345 (22 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 34.8% (2,222 fully vaccinated)
— 31.8% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#35. Fall River County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 23.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 62.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 372 (25 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.5% (2,918 fully vaccinated)
— 14.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#34. Brookings County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 25.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 59.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 36.0% (.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 44.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 373 (131 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.2% (13,396 fully vaccinated)
— 25.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#33. Hand County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 26.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 57.4% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 219 (7 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 34.8% (1,110 fully vaccinated)
— 31.8% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#32. Douglas County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 26.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 57.4% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 68 (2 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 33.4% (975 fully vaccinated)
— 34.5% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#31. Walworth County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 27.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 55.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 57.0% (.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 12.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 202 (11 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 31.0% (1,683 fully vaccinated)
— 39.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#30. Gregory County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 28.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 54.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: .0% (.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 287 (12 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 36.6% (1,533 fully vaccinated)
— 28.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#29. Turner County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 29.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 52.5% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 155 (13 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 35.1% (2,940 fully vaccinated)
— 31.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#28. Dewey County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 31.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 49.2% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 696 (41 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.1% (3,244 fully vaccinated)
— 8.0% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#27. Beadle County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 32.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 47.5% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 8.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 87.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 217 (40 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 35.9% (6,625 fully vaccinated)
— 29.6% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#26. Tripp County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 34.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 44.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: .0% (.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 276 (15 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 30.0% (1,633 fully vaccinated)
— 41.2% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#25. Clay County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 34.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 44.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 192 (27 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.0% (7,745 fully vaccinated)
— 7.8% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#24. Bennett County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 35.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 42.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 208 (7 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.9% (1,409 fully vaccinated)
— 17.8% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#23. Brule County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 38.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 37.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 189 (10 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 36.7% (1,943 fully vaccinated)
— 28.0% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#22. Marshall County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 40.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 34.4% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 61 (3 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.2% (2,134 fully vaccinated)
— 15.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#21. Davison County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 43.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 29.5% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 54.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 16.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 288 (57 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.5% (8,016 fully vaccinated)
— 20.6% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#20. Grant County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 44.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 27.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 113 (8 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.7% (2,661 fully vaccinated)
— 26.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#19. Todd County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 45.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 26.2% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 501 (51 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.8% (4,458 fully vaccinated)
— 14.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#18. Lake County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (1.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 19.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: .0% (.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 100.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 156 (20 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.2% (4,764 fully vaccinated)
— 27.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#17. Oglala Lakota County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 49.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 19.7% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 205 (29 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.9% (7,640 fully vaccinated)
— 5.7% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#16. Haakon County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 50.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 18.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 421 (8 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 27.0% (512 fully vaccinated)
— 47.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#15. Meade County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 53.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 13.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 55.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 15.4% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 487 (138 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.6% (11,780 fully vaccinated)
— 18.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#14. Custer County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 55.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 9.8% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 557 (50 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.0% (3,324 fully vaccinated)
— 27.5% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#13. Brown County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 57.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.6% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 37.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 43.1% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 317 (123 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.1% (18,276 fully vaccinated)
— 7.6% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#12. Yankton County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 58.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 4.9% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 66.0% (26.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 1.5% more full than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 197 (45 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.0% (12,555 fully vaccinated)
— 7.8% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#11. Hutchinson County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 59.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 3.3% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 288 (21 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.9% (2,764 fully vaccinated)
— 25.7% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#10. Union County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 61.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 144 (23 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.2% (6,890 fully vaccinated)
— 15.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#9. Jerauld County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 62.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 1.6% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 50 (1 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.1% (766 fully vaccinated)
— 25.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#8. McPherson County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 64.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 4.9% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 378 (9 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 10.2% (242 fully vaccinated)
— 80.0% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#7. Minnehaha County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.5% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 61.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.2% more availability than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 289 (558 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.5% (99,501 fully vaccinated)
— 1.0% higher vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#6. Hughes County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.5% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 69.0% (29.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.2% more full than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 97 (17 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.9% (8,569 fully vaccinated)
— 4.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#5. Roberts County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.5% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 115 (12 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.0% (4,992 fully vaccinated)
— 5.9% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#4. Lawrence County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 23.0% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 82.0% (36.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 26.2% more full than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 433 (112 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.8% (10,278 fully vaccinated)
— 22.0% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#3. Moody County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 76.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 24.6% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 65% full in South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 167 (11 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.6% (2,604 fully vaccinated)
— 22.4% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#2. Codington County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 27.9% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 53.8% more full than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 300 (84 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.7% (10,834 fully vaccinated)
— 24.1% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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#1. Pennington County, SD

– Inpatient beds occupied: 85.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 39.3% more full than South Dakota overall
– ICU beds occupied: 98.0% (55.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 50.8% more full than South Dakota overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 604 (687 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.1% (44,528 fully vaccinated)
— 23.3% lower vaccination rate than South Dakota

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