The December 2020 vaccine deployment signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the US population was fully vaccinated. However, as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new waves of COVID-19 have emerged, including Delta in summer 2021 and now the Omicron variant, which accounts for the majority of cases in the US
Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more easily transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests that this strain may cause less severe disease than Delta and the original virus. However, health officials have warned that an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalizations and death rates — particularly in areas with less vaccinated populations.
The United States reached 845,707 COVID-19-related deaths and 63.3 million COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 13, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 62.7% of the population is fully vaccinated and 37% have received booster doses.
Stacker has compiled a list of counties with the lowest inpatient bed capacity in Alabama using data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and immunization data from Covid Act Now. Boroughs are ranked by the percentage of inpatient hospital beds occupied as of Jan. 12, using ICU availability as a decision criterion. Hospital data was available for approximately 77% of counties in the US. Read on to see what the hospital capacity looks like in your county.