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Governor announces new state-at-home order triggered by regional ICU capacity

Original post made on Dec 4, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new stay-at-home order Thursday that will be targeted at regions of the state with diminished intensive care unit capacity as the state attempts to slow its surge of new COVID-19 cases.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Dec 4, 2020 at 9:03 am

C. R. Mudgeon is a registered user.

One flaw in the metric being used to drive shutdown decisions is that hospitals are motivated in some cases to have high utilization of their ICU beds. If the ICU isn't full, then some patients that could be moved to non-ICU beds will be left in the ICU. Will Bay Area hospitals be willing to help the local economy by only putting patients in the ICU that really require it? Should they? And regardless, what evidence is there that the shutdown order(s) will actually affect or improve anything? Meanwhile, there are new stories on the news last night of major new outbreaks in several assisted living centers and nursing homes, where the COVID-prevention and resident/staff isolation procedures seem to have not kept up with best-practices already adopted in many other states....