Here is today’s COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through Dec. 23.
ICU Capacity and Stay Home Order:
The current ICU capacity for the Southern California region is now 0.0% and will be updated by the state daily.
The Regional Stay Home Order is still in effect and prohibits gatherings of any size with people from other households and adds restrictions for multiple sectors.
The order will last for at least three weeks or until the region’s ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. The order will be assessed by the state after the three-week period.
Community Setting Outbreaks:
Nine new community outbreaks were confirmed on Dec. 23: four in business settings, two in hotel/resort/spa settings, one in a healthcare setting, one in government setting and one in a restaurant/bar setting.
In the past seven days (Dec. 17 through Dec. 23), 45 community outbreaks were confirmed.
The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.
A community setting outbreak is defined as three or more COVID-19 cases in a setting and in people of different households over the past 14 days.
30,045 tests were reported to the County on Dec. 23, and the percentage of new laboratory-confirmed cases was 8%.
The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 9.7%. Target is less than 8.0%.
The 7-day, daily average of tests is 28,999.
People at higher risk for COVID-19 who are with or without symptoms should be tested. People with any symptoms should get tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who have had close contact to a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted. Those recently returned from travel, or who participated in holiday gatherings, are also urged to get tested.
2,259 new cases were reported to the County on Dec 23. The region’s total is now 136,955.
5,563 or 4.1% of all cases have required hospitalization.
1,168 or 0.9% of all cases and 21% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.
32 new COVID-19 deaths were reported to the County on Dec. 23. The region’s total is now 1,382.
17 men and 15 women died between Dec. 16 and Dec. 23, and their ages ranged from mid-40s to late 90s.
29 had underlying medical conditions and one did not. Two have medical history pending.
The more detailed data summaries found on the County’s coronavirus-sd.com website are updated around 5 p.m. daily.