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Gov. Gavin Newsom gives Covid-19 update: 2 percent ICU capacity statewide

Gov. Gavin Newsom is providing an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Dec 15, 2020 9:58 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2020 9:07 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including data on intensive care unit (ICU) capacity across the state. Based on ICU data, four regions, San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Greater Sacramento, and the Bay Area are under the Regional Stay at Home Order.

Regions must remain under the Regional Stay at Home Order for at least three weeks and will be eligible to exit the order and return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy only if ICU capacity projections for the following month are above or equal to 15%.

The dates regions will be eligible to exit are:

San Joaquin: December 28
Southern California: December 28
Greater Sacramento: January 1
Bay Area: January 8

Current available ICU capacity by region:

Bay Area: 12.8%
Greater Sacramento Region: 14.5%
Northern California: 21.0%
San Joaquin Valley: 0.0%
Southern California: 0.0%

Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Friday:

California has 1,764,374 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

There were 41,012 newly recorded confirmed cases Thursday. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from prior to yesterday. Today’s numbers are slightly higher due to the implementation of an auto-processing feature to track report the large volume of COVID-19 cases. In collaboration with counties, on December 13, the state began automatically processing positive cases reported by laboratories and these cases are reflected in our public reporting. Typically, local public health departments receive cases into an inbox and manually process those cases, however, with high transmission rates, this has become increasingly difficult. The auto processing feature ensures that local public health officials can quickly determine when cases occurred, which gives us all a better sense of COVID-19’s trajectory.

The 7-day positivity rate is 12.8% and the 14-day positivity rate is 11.8%.

There have been 28,741,027 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 284,669 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 22,160 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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