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Availability of Bay Area Intensive Care Unit Beds Keeps Dropping, Triggering Stay Home Order

From a Contra Costa Health Services health order:

Stay Home Order
Date of Order: 12/16/2020

The availability of Bay Area intensive care unit beds dropped to 12.9% on Dec. 15, triggering the State’s​ Regional Stay Home Order. This order will remain in effect for at least three weeks (Jan. 5) and will be lifted when ICU availability meets or exceeds 15%.

We are in the midst of an unprecedented surge in cases and hospitalizations in California and across the country. Given the nationwide surge, the ability to add surge ICU capacity is limited by availability of ICU nurses and physicians. We need to protect our hospital capacity so those who need care—for such things as cancer treatment, heart attacks, and strokes—can get it. By taking this action we are saving lives, protecting our health care delivery system and keeping those at highest risk and essential workers safe.