San Joaquin Valley's ICU capacity runs out, as COVID-19 cases grow

Posted at 3:55 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 19:22:42-05

(KGTV) — Saturday, California reported that the San Joaquin Valley region, which includes 12 counties, ran out of space in its ICUs as COVID-19 cases climb.

The state's website says the region, which has been under the new regional stay-at-home, has hit 0% ICU capacity. The region includes Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.

The region's capacity sat at 4.5% a day earlier.

Last week, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions were placed under the state's stay-at-home order for falling under 15% ICU capacity.

The Southern California region, which includes San Diego, Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, was at 5.3% ICU capacity on Saturday. Three of the state's five regions were under the 15% threshold.

  • Bay Area: 17.6%
  • Greater Sacramento Region: 12.7%
  • Northern California: 27.4%
  • San Joaquin Valley: 0.0%
  • Southern California: 5.3%

The state had an overall 7.9% ICU capacity as of Saturday.

California's new public health order intends to cut down on the surging number of coronavirus cases throughout the state, which will hopefully lead to lower ICU numbers for regions.