ICU capacity drops to zero again as county reports 502 COVID cases in two weeks
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ICU capacity drops to zero again as county reports 502 COVID cases in two weeks

The surge in coronavirus cases and decrease in available ICU beds that landed Yolo County on the state’s monitoring list continue to be issues here.

In the last 14 days, the county has reported 502 cases of COVID-19, along with 28 hospitalizations and six deaths on its online dashboard.

As of Friday morning, 17 of those COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, including 12 in the county’s two hospitals and five outside the county, according to public information officer Jenny Tan.

Meanwhile, the state reported Saturday that 11 of those patients were in intensive care in Yolo County and the county had no more ICU beds available.

The lack of staffed ICU beds, along with the surge in cases, landed Yolo County on California’s COVID-19 monitoring list on July 8.

By virtue of its inclusion on the list, the county has been required to close a variety of indoor activities, including everything from bars and indoor dining to churches, hair salons and gyms.

On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced all school districts in counties on that list would have to begin the school year with a distance-only learning model and would not be able to open for in-person classroom instruction until the county had been off the monitoring list for at least 14 days.

With its 502 cases in the last two weeks, Yolo County remains well above the state metric for cases. ICU bed capacity, on the other hand, has fluctuated. Additional staff and beds were added when the county first hit zero capacity and the number of available beds has fluctuated over the past week and half, with available capacity at 30 percent earlier this week before dropping to zero on Friday.

County officials have said local hospitals retain the ability to move patients as needed, including to hospitals outside the county if necessary.

The city of Woodland continues to report the most cases and hospitalizations in the county, with 558 of the county’s 1,123 total cases, as well as 43 of the 97 total hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

Davis has fared well in comparison, reporting 114 cases and four hospitalizations since March, according to the county dashboard.

Cases in the city of Davis continue to be concentrated among younger adults, with half of all cases in individuals under age 34. In the last two weeks, 37 of the 45 reported cases in the city involved individuals under age 55 and 23 of them under age 34.

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors will receive an update from staff on the COVID-19 situation on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and is accessible via Zoom at https://yolocounty.zoom.us/j/112072974 or by phone at 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 112 072 974.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at here.

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