Hospital Resource Capacity

Hospitalization by Vaccination Status

The Yellowstone County Unified Health Command which consists of Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and SCL Health St. Vincent have begun to monitor vaccination status of those admitted to the hospital due to COVID-19.  Data accurate of October 18, 2021.

  • On October 18th, 80% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 were unvaccinated while only 20% were fully vaccinated.

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Image obtained from RiverStone Health

Bed Availability 

The percentage of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients relative to hospital capacity can be a good indicator of how a community is handling the pandemic. Statistics on hospital occupancy are listed below for Montana and for Billings. Data accurate to October 18, 2021. 

  • There are 2,473 beds across Montana hospitals, 454 (18%) are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • Billings has 595 total beds between its hospitals
  • Between 70-90% of the beds at SCL Health St. Vincent and Billings Clinic are occupied.
  • Billings hospitals report 106 available beds, 144 beds occupied with COVID-19 patients, and 345 beds occupied with non-COVID-19 patients 

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For more information on hospital capacity for Yellowstone County and Montana, visit the DPHHS COVID-19 Demographics page. 

ICU Capacity

Many COVID-19 patients may require intensive care if hospitalized. The information below represents Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity for hospitals in Montana, and in Billings specifically. Data accurate to October 18, 2021. 

  • There are 231 ICU rooms across all Montana hospitals, 116 (50%) of which are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients 
  • Billings hospitals have 62 ICU rooms in total, 37 (46%) of which are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • Neither the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana or The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana report ICU rooms at their facilities 

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For more information on hospital capacity for Yellowstone County and Montana, visit the DPHHS COVID-19 Demographics page.

Ventilator Use

Since COVID-19 is an infection that can severely impair respiratory functioning in some patients, ventilators are a valuable resource for patients in need of acute care. The information below represents current ventilator use in Montana, and in Billings specifically. Data accurate to October 18, 2021. 

  • There are 526 operable ventilators in the state of Montana, 62 (12%) of which are currently being used to treat COVID-19 patients
  • Billings has 212 ventilators between SCL Health St. Vincent, Billings Clinic, and the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana
  • 30 (14%) of the ventilators in Billings hospitals are being used to treat COVID-19 patients

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For more information on hospital capacity and resource availability for Yellowstone County and Montana, visit the DPHHS COVID-19 Demographics page.