California intensive care units are now treating fewer COVID patients than at any time since the state began monitoring that number in March 2020.
As of Monday, hospitals in the Golden State area reported that 231 ICU patients had confirmed or suspected COVID, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.
The previous low of COVID patients hospitalized in an ICU was 250, set on June 6, 2021, at the height of the decline in COVID in the summer of 2021. The number of critically ill COVIDs in need of intensive care was steadily below 500 from early April to mid-July 2021, but was over 2,000 at last fall’s delta rise and more than 2,500 at the end of January at omicro.
COVID’s case rate has dropped in recent months since the rise in omicrones broke all records of daily case rates, averaging more than 120,000 cases per day in early January. New cases have started falling below 2,000 cases a day this month, but have not reached a record low last summer, with the state reporting less than 1,000 cases a day on average in a few weeks.
Stanford Hospital is currently treating seven COVID patients in intensive care, spokeswoman Julie Greicius said, out of a total of 43 COVID patients in their hospital.
At the beginning of 2021, the number of COVID patients in ICUs was 20 times higher than today, reaching almost 5,000 points.
Although overall state COVID hospitalizations have not yet dropped below the low of 1,200 coronavirus patients, they are fast approaching that threshold, with 1,398 confirmed and allegedly hospitalized with COVID as of Monday.
More widely, in the United States, COVID hospitalization has set a new record in recent days.
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