ICU Counts, Comparisons; Disneyland Closures; Lockdown in Effect; LB – Health News Today

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Dec. 9, 3:15 PM


ICU patients in Orange County have nearly doubled in the past two weeks, with 179 ICU patients each day on average.

Hospitalizations have also doubled, with about 682 average daily COVID-19 patients in the past two weeks, up from about 342 in the two weeks prior.

Orange County currently has 11.2% ICU capacity on an unadjusted basis; and 4.9% capacity on an adjusted basis.

The region also has an adjusted case rate of 30.3 cases per 100,000 residents and a positive testing rate of 10.6%.

—Katie Murar

Dec. 8, 3:30 PM


As residents received emergency push notifications reinforcing the stay-at-home mandate, Southern California’s ICU capacity dipped to a new low of 10.1% on Tuesday.

The region is one of five areas currently tracked by the state, along with Northern California, the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley.

Southern California’s ICU capacity is the second lowest among these regions, trailing San Joaquin Valley which currently has 5.6% capacity.

Greater Sacramento has 18.8% capacity; the Bay Area has 24.5%; and Northern California has 25%.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, OC has 238 ICU patients, with capacity at 13%; and 946 hospital patients, a new record.

—Katie Murar

Dec. 7, 2:45 PM


Disneyland is among Orange County corporations making new closures in light of the recent stay-at-home orders, most recently shuttering all of its Anaheim restaurants including the recently-opened locations inside of California Adventure.

The Anaheim resort has been largely shuttered since March, but restaurants and retail stores at the Downtown Disney shopping district have remained open in line with state guidance. Now, all Disney-owned eateries, including quick-serve restaurants, are closed.

As a result, about 350 employees are expected to be once again furloughed.

Non-Disney-owned restaurants may remain open but only for carry-out and delivery; retail stores will be open at 20% capacity.

Disney had also intended on reopening part of the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa over the weekend; those plans have been nixed in light of the new mandate.

—Katie Murar

Dec. 7, 10:15 AM


Many Orange County businesses have been ordered to shut down following a state mandate that went into effect on Sunday.

The lockdown, triggered by a regional drop in available ICU beds from 20% on Friday to about 13% on Saturday, will be in effect for three…

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