The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Bernardino County is higher now than it ever has been, according to data released by the state on Friday, Nov. 27.
The newest data show 656 coronavirus-positive patients in county hospitals on Thanksgiving, the previous record was 638 on July 25 as part of a summer surge.
Out of those hospitalized, 167 are in the ICU, which is lower than the max of 197 people on July 22.
In a county newsletter released Wednesday, Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency care physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, said the county and hospitals have been preparing for this surge. Plans include adding surge beds including in non-clinical spaces like conference rooms, and in temporary structures in parking lots; and curtailing non-urgent procedures.
“Lastly, hospitals will look to their staff to take on the care of more patients,” he said in the newsletter. “In July, 75% of the hospitals in the County of San Bernardino implemented their surge capacity and discontinued procedures that were not emergent or urgent. Many stretched their staffing to enable them to care for more patients.”
The latest hospital data from the county, dated Nov. 23, shows that 24.5%, almost a quarter, of occupied hospital beds are being used by patients who are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.
At that point the county had 4,082 regular hospital beds, of which 2,640 were occupied, and 707 surge beds, of which 43 were occupied.
Here are the latest numbers, according to county and state public health officials.
San Bernardino County
Confirmed cases: 90,222 total, up 1,769 from Wednesday, averaging 1,271 reported per day in the past week
Deaths: 1,129 total, no change from Wednesday, averaging 0.6 reported per day in the past week
Hospital survey: 656 confirmed and 48 suspected patients hospitalized Thursday, including 167 confirmed and 8 suspected patients in the ICU, with 24 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is up 43.2% from a week earlier.
People tested: 1,067,674 total, up 14,571 from Wednesday, averaging 11,062 reported per day in the past week
Resolved cases (estimate): 78,673 total, up 1,020 from Thursday, averaging 979 per day in the past week
Reopening plan tier: Purple (widespread risk level, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed) based on these metrics as of Tuesday:
- New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 50.4
- Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 31.2
- Test positivity rate: 13.7%
- What’s next: San Bernardino County is not meeting the criteria to move to a less-restrictive tier. When it has met them for two consecutive weeks, it can advance.
To see a map and list of cases, deaths and per-capita rates by community, click here.
Here is a look at how the county’s numbers have changed each day:
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