Hospitalizations across the state continue to climb to all-time highs.

According to California public heath websites, there were 618 more patients hospitalized, bringing the total number of patients infected with coronavirus to 14,578 as of Dec. 13.

Intensive care capacity continues to decline in some regions. When public health officials adjust the percentage of actual open ICU beds to account for high levels of COVID-19 patients, the Southern California region fell to 2.7% ICU capacity available, while the San Joaquin Valley region’s ICU capacity available is nearly tapped out.

The state reported 24,588 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections to 1,572,755, according to official totals from California public health websites as of Dec. 13.

There were also 71 additional deaths reported in the state, bringing the total number of deaths to 21,044.

Three of the five California regions are under stay-at-home orders. Stay-at-home orders will be imposed within 24 hours for a region that has an ICU hospital capacity below 15%. They then stay in effect for at least three weeks.

 

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties and news sources

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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