CDPH Provides Direction on Implementation of Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines
During the Current Surge of COVID-19 Cases
SACRAMENTO –The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including data on intensive care unit (ICU) capacity across the state.
Based on ICU data, four regions, San Joaquin Valley, Southern California, Greater Sacramento and the Bay Area continue under the Regional Stay at Home Order. The Regional Stay at Home Order shall continue until ICU capacity projections are sustained above or equal to 15%.
The earliest dates that regions may be eligible to exit are:
- San Joaquin: 4-week ICU projections to be announced 12/29
- Southern California: 4-week ICU projections to be announced 12/29
- Greater Sacramento: January 1
- Bay Area: January 8
Current available ICU capacity by region:
- Bay Area: 9.5%
- Greater Sacramento: 16.6%
- Northern California: 29.3%
- San Joaquin Valley: 0.0%
- Southern California: 0.0%
Due to high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations impacting the health care system, California is under a Limited Stay at Home Order. The order applies to all counties that are currently under the Regional Stay at Home Order and those in Tier One (Purple) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Limited Stay at Home Order will expire after the Regional Stay At Home Order has been terminated in all regions of the state.
Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines
Today, CDPH released an All Facilities Letter (AFL) on implementing the Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines issued in June. With the current surge in the pandemic, many hospitals are stretched to capacity. The guidelines support facilities that are adapting their operations and space, including staff and other resources, to handle the surge as best as possible.
In addition to this support, it’s critical that all facilities are prepared for crisis care, during which times medical professionals may have to make hard choices about allocating treatments. The state does not determine when a hospital implements crisis care standards: that’s determined by the on the ground conditions, hospital capacity and available resources. The state’s role is to ensure all hospitals have done appropriate planning to make difficult decisions and to help hospitals remain in crisis care mode for as brief a period as possible. For more information, see the AFL issued today, and the Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines issued in June.
Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Today:
- California has 2,155,976 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
- There were 33,170 newly recorded confirmed cases Sunday.
- The 7-day positivity rate is 11.6% and the 14-day positivity rate is 12.5%.
- There have been 32,128,516 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 301,820 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.
- As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 24,284 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.