STOCKTON, Calif — As increasingly sufferers overload ICU beds all through the seven San Joaquin County hospitals, there’s a ray of hope for a San Joaquin County Public Well being Officer.
Dr. Maggie Park, a San Joaquin County Public Well being officer, instructed ABC10 that she will not be certain this can be a signal of the pandemic’s finish.
“The truth that we’re plateauing and never frequently rising with our hospitalizations and ICU charges is an effective factor,” Park mentioned.
Working example, to this point, the very best peak of circumstances in San Joaquin County occurred on December 22 with 1,253 circumstances. On Wednesday, 320 circumstances have been reported, practically 4 occasions fewer in lower than a month. There have been 14 deaths previously 24 hours.
“However, as I mentioned, it is plateauing at a degree that is a little bit uncomfortable. We have to deliver it down,” Park mentioned. “We’re nonetheless discovering circumstances from New Yr’s events and gatherings, and we’re nonetheless anticipating that within the subsequent couple of weeks, issues that occurred over New Yr’s will end in extra hospitalizations in our ICU’s.”
Worthwhile hospital area to deal with extreme Covid-19 sufferers in San Joaquin County stays grim. At Lodi Memorial Hospital, for instance, the ICU capability stands at a staggering 190%.
In neighboring Stanislaus County, the numbers are simply as sobering. Previously 24 hours, there have been 493 Covid-19 circumstances, worse than San Joaquin County, together with 13 deaths.
Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa mentioned they should see decrease numbers within the hospitals.
“Please keep in mind that we’re residing by one thing actually arduous. However, we’ll get by it,” Chiesa mentioned. What I might ask the general public to do is please wait and when it is your flip to get the vaccine, please get it.”