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ICU Capacity Remains At 0% For Southern California Region, But Central And South Coasts Doing Better


The intensive care unit capacity for the 11 county Southern California region which includes Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties remains at zero percent.  But, the Central and South Coasts are doing much better.

The ICU capacity at Ventura County’s eight hospitals is technically at one tenth of one percent.  But, County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin says the current situation is actually better than that.

He says as of Wednesday, the capacity is at 11%.  But, the state uses a formula which technical drops the number down to less than a percent.

Dr. Tara Patterson is Co-Director of Ventura County Medical Center’s ICU.  She says the VCMC’s ICU was packed a few days ago, but as of Wednesday was half full.

The big concern is a surge on top of a surge, another spike due to the holidays.  County health officials say they have the space, and equipment, but the key issue will be having enough staff if there is a big January hike. 

They are urging people to avoid gatherings, and stay at home New Year’s Eve.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.