Here are counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in North Carolina

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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 Dec. 30 reached 823,307 COVID-19-related deaths and 53.8 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 61.9% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 33.1% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the lowest in-patient bed capacity in North Carolina 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 Dec. 29, 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.

#50. Craven County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 67.0% (4.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 10.7% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 75.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 69 (70 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.7% (58,953 fully vaccinated)
— 1.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#49. Iredell County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 67.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 10.7% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 84.0% (55.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 120 (219 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.5% (90,046 fully vaccinated)
— 12.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#48. Nash County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 9.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 71.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 99 (93 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.9% (51,811 fully vaccinated)
— 3.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#47. Rockingham County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (27.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 9.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 71.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 70 (64 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.5% (43,221 fully vaccinated)
— 16.1% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#46. Rowan County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 9.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 78.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 2.5% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 76 (108 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.9% (59,538 fully vaccinated)
— 26.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#45. Alamance County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 9.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 89.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 62 (105 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.3% (93,730 fully vaccinated)
— 2.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#44. Dare County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 68.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 9.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 81 (30 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.7% (26,528 fully vaccinated)
— 26.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#43. Haywood County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 70.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.7% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 77.0% (50.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 3.8% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 63 (39 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.8% (34,144 fully vaccinated)
— 3.2% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#42. Chatham County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 70.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.7% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 28 (21 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.3% (41,202 fully vaccinated)
— 2.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#41. New Hanover County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 46.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 42.5% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 55 (130 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.8% (140,225 fully vaccinated)
— 5.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#40. Cleveland County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 98.0% (30.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 22.5% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 82 (80 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.1% (46,132 fully vaccinated)
— 16.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#39. Avery County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 71.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 57 (10 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.3% (9,011 fully vaccinated)
— 9.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#38. Guilford County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 73.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 2.7% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 80.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 69 (368 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.9% (310,841 fully vaccinated)
— 2.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#37. Chowan County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 74.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 1.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 25.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 93 (13 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.7% (7,342 fully vaccinated)
— 6.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#36. Bertie County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 74.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 1.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 26 (5 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.4% (9,171 fully vaccinated)
— 14.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#35. Polk County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 53.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 33.8% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 39 (8 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.5% (8,803 fully vaccinated)
— 24.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#34. Union County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (15.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 60.0% (30.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 25.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 84 (202 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.3% (125,417 fully vaccinated)
— 7.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#33. Harnett County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 76.0% (28.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 63 (85 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 36.9% (50,125 fully vaccinated)
— 34.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#32. Cumberland County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 87.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 8.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 60 (200 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.1% (201,517 fully vaccinated)
— 6.2% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#31. Montgomery County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 75.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 29 (8 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.4% (10,969 fully vaccinated)
— 28.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#30. Durham County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 76.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 1.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 89.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 52 (167 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.9% (215,160 fully vaccinated)
— 18.2% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#29. Moore County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 2.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 59.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 26.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 73 (74 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.4% (54,914 fully vaccinated)
— 3.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#28. Sampson County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 2.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 63.0% (35.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 21.3% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 71 (45 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.2% (30,623 fully vaccinated)
— 14.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#27. Forsyth County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 77.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 2.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 88.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 10.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 66 (254 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.5% (223,760 fully vaccinated)
— 3.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#26. Beaufort County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 4.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 82.0% (20.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 2.5% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 53 (25 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.3% (24,589 fully vaccinated)
— 7.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#25. Hertford County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 4.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 83.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 3.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 42 (10 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.8% (10,618 fully vaccinated)
— 20.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#24. Johnston County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 4.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 85.0% (44.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.2% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 83 (174 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.2% (102,976 fully vaccinated)
— 13.1% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#23. Mecklenburg County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 78.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 4.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 87.0% (22.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 8.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 96 (1,067 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.2% (657,682 fully vaccinated)
— 4.6% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#22. Surry County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 79.0% (30.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 94.0% (56.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 17.5% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 174 (125 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.4% (35,493 fully vaccinated)
— 12.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#21. Davie County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 79.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 100 (43 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.9% (23,102 fully vaccinated)
— 4.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#20. Carteret County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 53.0% (18.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 33.8% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 30 (21 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.7% (37,987 fully vaccinated)
— 3.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#19. Cabarrus County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 80.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 86.0% (24.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 7.5% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 74 (161 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.9% (114,490 fully vaccinated)
— 6.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#18. Buncombe County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 81.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 8.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 80.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 0.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 61 (159 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.6% (165,995 fully vaccinated)
— 12.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#17. Orange County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 81.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 8.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 86.0% (17.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 7.5% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 51 (75 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.3% (110,360 fully vaccinated)
— 31.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#16. Randolph County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 81.0% (19.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 8.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 94.0% (50.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 17.5% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 116 (167 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 41.6% (59,776 fully vaccinated)
— 26.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#15. Wake County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 82.0% (8.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 9.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 85.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 6.2% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 87 (972 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.7% (764,087 fully vaccinated)
— 21.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina

#14. Catawba County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 83.0% (11.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 10.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 81.0% (32.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 1.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 84 (134 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.3% (83,376 fully vaccinated)
— 7.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#13. Lenoir County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 83.0% (12.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 10.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 82.0% (22.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 2.5% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 54 (30 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.3% (28,680 fully vaccinated)
— 9.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#12. Onslow County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 84.0% (2.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 12.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 62.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 22.5% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 55 (109 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.3% (111,350 fully vaccinated)
— 0.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#11. Columbus County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 84.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 12.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 89.0% (7.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 11.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 40 (22 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.1% (23,387 fully vaccinated)
— 25.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#10. Pender County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 84.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 12.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 73 (46 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.5% (30,553 fully vaccinated)
— 14.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#9. Gaston County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 85.0% (13.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 13.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 91.0% (25.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 13.8% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 101 (226 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.8% (107,288 fully vaccinated)
— 15.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#8. Burke County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 87.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 16.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 73.0% (6.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 8.8% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 61 (55 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.5% (40,273 fully vaccinated)
— 21.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#7. Duplin County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 87.0% (21.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 16.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 91.0% (39.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 13.8% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 53 (31 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 39.9% (23,422 fully vaccinated)
— 29.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#6. Edgecombe County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 89.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 18.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 91.0% (3.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 13.8% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 27 (14 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.2% (23,268 fully vaccinated)
— 20.1% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#5. Pitt County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 90.0% (5.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 20.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 76.0% (9.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 5.0% more availability than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 63 (114 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.8% (91,807 fully vaccinated)
— 10.2% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#4. Scotland County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 92.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 22.7% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (23.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 25.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 49 (17 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.5% (15,488 fully vaccinated)
— 21.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#3. Caldwell County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 93.0% (14.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 24.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 95.0% (16.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 18.8% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 111 (91 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.0% (36,981 fully vaccinated)
— 20.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#2. Lee County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (10.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 33.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: 100.0% (31.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 25.0% more full than North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 50 (31 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.2% (32,884 fully vaccinated)
— 6.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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#1. Alleghany County, NC

– Inpatient beds occupied: 100.0% (0.0% by COVID-19 patients)
— 33.3% more full than North Carolina overall
– ICU beds occupied: data not available
— 80% full in North Carolina overall
– Cases per 100k in last 7 days: 135 (15 cases)
– Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.3% (6,268 fully vaccinated)
— 0.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina

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