Sacramento, California — California officials announced on Friday that due to the continued spread of the more contagious coronavirus, the intensive care unit of the Central Valley Center in California has run out of beds.
Hospitals in eight counties in the San Joaquin Valley area have been equipped with less than 10% of adult ICU beds for three consecutive days. State officials called it a “surge” and triggered special regulations announced last month requiring nearby hospitals to accept referrals.
In Fresno County and neighboring counties, the number of confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients in hospitals is more than double the number four weeks ago. Fresno Bee ReportAccording to Honeybee, nearly half of the county’s 1 million residents have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Fresno County Interim Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra encouraged all county residents to wear masks on Friday. “If you want to know how to make sure your loved ones have a bed in the hospital during a heart attack tonight, then please wear a mask,” he said .
According to county health officials, in San Joaquin County, the number of new virus cases and hospital admissions has exceeded the peak of the surge in cases and patients last summer. But a spokesperson for the county’s emergency services office said that as of Friday, the county had enough hospital beds to avoid transferring patients out of the county.
If the problem gets worse and ICU capacity drops to zero, the state says that hospitals across California must also accept referrals.
Statewide, the number of new coronavirus cases has declined due to a surge in delta variants (a more contagious and dangerous version of the virus). On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that more than 80% of Californians aged 12 and over had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine — making California one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the country .
But the number of hospitalizations related to the coronavirus in the state continues to climb. As of Thursday, 8,630 people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus in the state, more than five times the number of hospitalizations on July 1.
Newsom said on Tuesday: “This is still mainly an unvaccinated epidemic.”
The Epoch Times contributed to this report.
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