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Peter Wells à New York
California Governor Gavin Newsom said hospital capacity and demand will become a more important factor in determining restriction levels for counties and that worsening these parameters could lead to the potential introduction of a home stay order.
Mr Newsom said without any intervention that significantly changes current trends, the number of hospitalizations in the state could double or triple over the next month, and demand for intensive care unit beds in the hospitals statewide are expected to exceed supply by Christmas Eve.
The capacity of hospital beds, intensive care units and medical staff would be added to other parameters currently used to determine the color-coding system that governs the levels of economic restrictions in California counties, Newsom said during Monday afternoon teleconference.
Fifty-one of the state’s 58 counties, covering over 95% of the state’s nearly 40 million people, are in the purple tier that only allows essential businesses to open.
About 8,578 people are in California hospitals with Covid-19, according to state data Monday, just 242 fewer patients than the record set in the July summer surge, and up from just over 3,200 at the end of October.
Officials estimate that about 12% of new coronavirus cases in California end in hospitalizations about two weeks later.
The state health department today revealed 14,034 new cases of Covid-19 and 20 deaths.
Over the past week, the state averaged 14,657 new infections per day, a record high, and well above the previous high of 9,881 in July, Mr Newsom said.
“If these trends continue, California will need to take drastic action, including a potential stay-at-home order for areas with inpatient or intensive care capacity,” a slide from Mr. Newsom’s presentation reads.
Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed similar steps, adding hospital capacity to the parameters governing levels of economic activity in “micro-clusters.”
He also warned that a “hospitalization crisis” could lead to the potential reintroduction of the “break” on non-essential activities that was put in place in the spring, when New York was among the hardest-hit states in the country. start of the pandemic.


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