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Posted on: January 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Intensive Care Unit Demand Reaches 175% in San Joaquin County

French Camp, Calif., January 4, 2021 – Hospitals in San Joaquin County report having 340 COVID positive patients admitted for care. Demand for intensive care services is at an all-time high with adult intensive care units (ICU) operating at 175% of licensed bed capacity. San Joaquin County hospitals report 8 patient deaths due to COVID in the past 24 hours.

Demand for ICU services significantly increased over the New Year’s weekend with St. Joseph’s Medical Center operating at 215% of licensed capacity with 84 patients requiring ICU care and San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp operating at 175% of licensed capacity with 28 patients. With the help of the Department of Defense medical assistance team, Lodi Memorial Hospital is operating at 190% with 19 patients and Dameron Hospital, Stockton is operating at 183% caring for 22 ICU patients. (Editor Note: see new graph showing county ICU capacity).

“I cannot say thank you enough to the staff of the county’s seven acute care hospitals for their skill and dedication in caring for patients during the pandemic especially for the 106 COVID positive patients requiring intensive care services. The 106 patients requiring ICU care to battle COVID alone exceeds the county’s 99 licensed ICU beds. The impact of COVID-19 on the members of our community and our healthcare system is glaring,” Dan Burch, EMS Administrator.

What People Should Do If They Have A Medical Emergency Or Are Sick:

Do not delay seeking care. If you are experiencing a medical emergency such as a heart attack, stroke, difficulty breathing or altered mental status contact 911 to activate the EMS system. If you are ill or sick, contact your physician or healthcare provider.

How People Can Protect Themselves:

We are all in this together. Every person has a role to play. Your actions save lives.

DO: Stay home; Avoid people outside your household; Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; Wear a face mask when out in public; Cover your cough or sneeze; Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces; Maintain physical distance of six feet whenever outside of the house; Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

Press Release with Graphs [PDF]

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