Southern California region hits 0% ICU bed capacity

Virus Outbreak
Posted at 12:36 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 02:25:39-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — California public health officials say the Southern California region has run out of ICU bed capacity.

The region, which includes San Diego and 10 other counties, hit 0% capacity, as the state reported 52,200 more coronavirus cases on Thursday.

California officials say regional ICU capacity is calculated based on the total number of adult ICU beds minus neonatal and pediatric ICU beds. Adult ICU capacity includes staffed ICU beds and ICU surge beds.

San Diego County said Thursday that it was currently at 16% ICU capacity after adding 2,604 new virus cases. There are 295 ICU cases in the county out of 1,186 hospitalizations. County health officials said there has been a 20% increase in ICU cases locally over the last seven days.

The Southern California region was one of four regions under the 15% ICU capacity threshold for California's recent stay-at-home order:

  • Bay Area: 13.1%
  • Greater Sacramento Region: 11.3%
  • Northern California: 25.8%
  • San Joaquin Valley: 0.7%
  • Southern California: 0.0%

The Southern California region includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.