SALINAS (CBS SF) — Monterey County might be becoming a member of swimsuit with different Bay Space counties in implementing the state’s regional order earlier than it’s required in an effort to protect vital hospital mattress capability and curb the unfold of COVID-19.
Beginning Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. Monterey County will adhere to the newest state directives launched on Dec. 3 closing sector operations aside from vital infrastructure and retail, require eating places to shut outside eating and prohibit non-public gatherings of any dimension.
Nevertheless, the state’s order will not be mandated till the area falls beneath 15 % ICU capability – a quantity the Bay Space has not reached but.
Monterey’s order is in impact till Monday, Jan. 11 at 6 a.m. until adjusted by the state or the county’s well being officer Dr. Edward Moreno.
“I’ve been intently monitoring knowledge together with ICU mattress capability for each the Bay Space Area and our county. Whereas our area has fared higher than others, regional and native tendencies are altering,” Moreno stated. “The variety of sufferers hospitalized with COVID-19 in our counties has dramatically elevated in simply the previous couple of weeks.
Monterey County has not been resistant to the surge in COVID-19 instances. The county has raked greater than 1,000 constructive instances every week for the final three weeks, however within the first week of November, there have been lower than 500 instances, in accordance with the county’s dashboard.
Of the 105 constructive instances hospitalized on Dec. 7. 42 had been in intensive care items—leaving the county with 15 ICU beds accessible (26 % of capability accessible).
“We’re prone to exceeding our hospital capability earlier than the State anticipates, imperiling our skill to deal with not simply COVID-19 sufferers however sufferers affected by trauma, strokes and coronary heart assaults as effectively,” Moreno stated.
State knowledge predicts that over the following week, the Bay Space’s regional ICU mattress capability will fall beneath 20 % and by Dec. 24 might be working with solely 8 % of ICU beds accessible. By the brand new yr, the demand for ICU beds could exceed the availability.
“I perceive the profound influence these restrictions may have on companies and the every day lives of our residents, however it’s time for us to implement restrictions to protect hospital mattress capability, assist our well being care employees, and defend human life.”
Monterey County will be part of 5 Bay Space counties in adopting the state’s regional order earlier than assembly the brink.
Already, three of the state’s 5 areas, Larger Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, have already met the state’s threshold of lower than 15 % ICU capability, triggering the implementation of the governor’s order.
The Bay Space, which incorporates Monterey county, presently has 20.9 % of ICU beds accessible within the area and Northern California has the very best ICU capability accessible at 27 %, in accordance with state knowledge.
For extra info on the state’s regional well being order, go to: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.
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