Spartanburg County has highest hospitalization rate in country

Published 8:34 pm Sunday, September 26, 2021

Spartanburg Regional sets up triage tent outside to handle cases

SPARTANBURG COUNTY—Spartanburg County has the highest hospitalization rate for Covid-19 patients in the country, according to a report in the Washington Post this week. 

The Post said about a map they printed that the least vaccinated purple area sits at only 21 percent and in counties in South Carolina where hospitals have been hit hard, vaccination rates are between 35 and 42 percent. 

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Spartanburg Regional recently set up a triage tent outside to deal with the amount of Covid patients coming in. 

Spartanburg County had a rate of 38 Covid patients per 100 beds, which was the highest hospitalization rate in the United States, according to the Post. 

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has 540 beds at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and another 207 beds at Mary Black. Spartanburg Regional also operates Pelham Medical Center in Greer, which has 48 rooms. 

South Carolina as of this week had 51.1 percent of its 4.58 million eligible residents vaccinated. 

Spartanburg County has 45.3 percent of its 260,795 residents vaccinated as of this week. Greenville County was at 53.6 percent fully vaccinated. 

Spartanburg County reported a total hospital bed occupancy rate of 97.7 percent this week, with 591 beds out of 605 beds occupied. Of the occupied beds, 246 of those were occupied by Covid patients at a rate of 40.6 percent of the total beds. 

Spartanburg County also reported that 87 ICU beds out of 96 total were occupied, with 60 of those beds occupied by Covid patients, or 62.5 percent of the ICU beds.