San Joaquin Valley drops below 15% ICU capacity, stay-at-home order looming

February 07 2021 03:30 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The San Joaquin Valley dropped below 15% ICU capacity, a level which meets California’s stay-at-home order, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

To preserve California’s health care system, the state announced a new Regional Stay Home Order that goes into effect if intensive care unit (ICU) capacity drops below 15% in any one of five regions across the state.

The department issued new numbers that show we have only 14.1% of our ICU beds available in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Figures released Friday by the California Department of Public Health showed ICU capacity as:

  • Bay Area: 21.2%
  • Greater Sacramento Region: 21.4%
  • Northern California: 20.9%
  • San Joaquin Valley: 14.1%
  • Southern California: 13.1%

However, the state’s announcement added that the data is for informational purposes only. The new stay at home order goes into effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m. if ICU capacity remains below 15% tomorrow.

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