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California hospitalizations soar, may spur more restrictions

California could see hospitalizations for coronavirus triple by Christmas and is considering stay-home orders for areas with the highest case rates to try to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed.

Posted: Nov 30, 2020 3:10 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California could see hospitalizations for coronavirus triple by Christmas and is considering stay-home orders for areas with the highest case rates to try to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed.

Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Monday that without more restrictions or changes in behavior, the number of coronavirus patients could double or triple in a month.

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Hospitalizations have increased 89% over the past 14 days and right now nearly 7,800 patients are hospitalized. But the biggest concern is intensive care cases, which increased 67% in the past two weeks. About 12% of Californians testing positive are likely to need hospital care within the next two to three weeks.

If that continues, it would push ICU beds to 112% of capacity by mid-December. The state’s top health official says ICU capacity will be the primary trigger as state officials consider more restrictions.

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