California Sees Daily Decrease in ICU Hospitalizations for First Time

Posted at 4:33 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 07:33:22-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has seen its first daily decrease in intensive care hospitalizations during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday the number of ICU placements declined by 1.9% on Wednesday. He said the decline was encouraging, but urged people not to read too much into it.

Newsom has said the number of ICU hospitalizations is a key indicator for how many health care workers and medical supplies the state needs.

Newsom also said California hospitals are using only about one-third of their ventilators. He said about 8,000 ventilators are available.

California has more than 19,100 cases and at least 507 deaths.