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California reveals data used to lift stay-at-home order

Virus Outbreak California
Posted at 10:33 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 15:30:05-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health department released to the public previously secret projections for future hospital intensive care unit capacity throughout the state, the key metric for lifting the coronavirus stay-at-home order.

However, state officials did not explain Monday how regional per capita virus cases and transmission rates that also were released might influence how much ICU space will be available in four weeks.

The state's projections are based on current estimated regional ICU capacity available, the measure of current community transmission (R-Effective), and current regional case rates (unadjusted case rate per 100,000 population, 7-day average with a 7-day lag), according to the state department of public health.

Last week, state health officials told The Associated Press they were keeping all the data secret because it is complicated and might mislead the public.

Coronavirus experts and open government advocates criticized the move, saying the public has the right to know what’s behind decisions that impact their lives.