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Gov. Newsom encouraged by drop in COVID-19 ICU cases, but urges caution

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:57:06-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has seen its first daily decrease in intensive care hospitalizations during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday the number of ICU placements declined by 1.9 percent on Wednesday. He said the decline was encouraging, but urged people not to read too much into it.

Newsom has said the number of ICU hospitalizations is a key indicator for how many health care workers and medical supplies the state needs.

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Newsom added that California hospitals are using only about one-third of their ventilators. He said about 8,000 ventilators are available.

California has 18,309 confirmed coronavirus cases, Newsom tweeted Thursday. Of those cases, 2,825 patients are hospitalized and of those, 1,132 cases are in the ICU.