SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) - One county in the Upstate has the highest Covid-19 hospitalizations rate in the Unites States, according to the Washington Post.
In a mapping of America's hospitalization and vaccination divide, the Spartanburg area has 38 admitted Covid-19 patients per 100 hospital beds. In Albany, New York, there are 7 patients per 100 beds.
Nearly 60 percent of ICU beds in the county are filled with COVID-19 patients.
"This pandemic seems to be trying to outrun us. New variants come out and sooner or later one might come out that we don't have a vaccine for," said Chuck Holmes, who lives in Spartanburg.
Earlier this week, Spartanburg Regional said nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 patients in their hospitals are unvaccinated.
DHEC data shows that 45 percent of people in Spartanburg County are fully vaccinated.
"I could certainly see somewhere else being the highest not us, but then again I'm just not surprised because a lot of stuff that people do down here, it's just crazy," said David Mitchell, who lives in Spartanburg.
According to the CDC, hospitalizations in the county due to COVID-19 right now are at their highest mark at any point during the pandemic, with 218 new people hospitalized in the last seven days from the virus.
The New York Times says on Sept. 23, 247 cases per day were reported in Spartanburg County. This was a 30 percent decrease from the average at the beginning of September.
The Washington Post also mentions that in South Carolina counties where hospitals have been hit hard, vaccination rates are between 35 and 42 percent.