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Bay Area Runs Low on ICU Beds, Triggering State’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order

by ECT
Contra Costa Health Services

Due to the dwindling supply of hospital beds for patients who need intensive care in the Bay Area, the state will apply a regional stay-at-home order across the nine-county region to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the region’s hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

Now more than ever, Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) urges everyone who lives or works in the county to follow the health advice within the law to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the holiday season.

  • Avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household, especially indoors.
  • Always wear a face covering and practice physical distancing whenever you go out, and avoid unnecessary trips outside the home.
  • Always stay home if you are not feeling well, and consider a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.

The state’s stay-at-home order evaluates hospital capacity of California by region of the state, triggering when the amount of intensive care unit (ICU) beds available in a region’s hospitals falls below 15%.

Only 12.9% of ICU beds in Bay Area hospitals were available on Tuesday afternoon, according to the California Department of Public Health. In Contra Costa, 13% of ICU beds were available.

The number of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in the county and occupying county ICU beds has more than doubled in the past 30 days.

While the state order will add additional restrictions to business and community activities in some other parts of the Bay Area, Contra Costa County will experience no practical changes because of it.

We can all support local businesses by shopping via their websites when possible, and using the takeout and delivery options for our local restaurants.

Contra Costa and five other Bay Area jurisdictions used local health orders to enact all the features of the state order last week, before local hospitals were critically impacted, in hopes of reducing transmission and loss of life due to surging COVID-19 infections in the region.

The state order takes effect in the Bay Area, including Contra Costa, at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. At that time, Contra Costa will lift its local order because it will become redundant. Once triggered, the state’s regional stay-at-home order lasts a minimum of three weeks. Read the order here.

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buba johns Dec 16, 2020 - 5:32 pm

Let me see, the truth is my sister was diagnosed with cancer in March, due to the lock down she did not start treatment until September. Yesterday she was given 2 months to live. Seriously She will make the 10th person I know who either has died or going to die shortly… The blood of the innocent people the state, county city’s is on all our political leaders hands. Not to mention 2 19 year old suicides’ in my extended family. I can only wish karma back on our political leader Killer gruesome. If they mark her as a COVID death I will sue the living shit out of all of the political leaders who did this to her.

Chris Dec 16, 2020 - 6:57 pm

Bull shit…. fuck Gavin Newsome

Tire man Dec 17, 2020 - 7:11 am

Your suicidal losses have nothing to do with COVID, it has to do with bad parenting. Sorry to hear about your sister.

Cwp Dec 17, 2020 - 5:53 pm

No science that says dining in or out when properly social distance is adhered to. Restaurants should be open!

Concerned but whatever Dec 17, 2020 - 6:28 pm

Guerilla warfare should never* be considered.

jc Dec 17, 2020 - 6:39 pm

Hey flat tire, u have no clue why there were suicides in that family and covid has nothing to do with why these tards are tryin to control the masses covid is just a tool to do it, let some air psi out of yur head.

Trump 20never Dec 19, 2020 - 4:23 pm

How can he be “flat tire” than tell him to release PSI? Hmmmm someone needs a little more education

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