California Hospitals to Accept ICU Transfer Patients Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

The California Department of Public health (CDPH) is requiring hospitals to accept transfer patients from overbooked Intensive Care Units (ICU) as the COVID-19 Delta variant surges in some parts of the state. Dr. Tomas J. Aragón, state public health officer and director of CDPH, released the order that will take effect beginning Aug. 18. “California is currently experiencing the fastest increase in COVID-19 cases during the entire pandemic,” he said, as hospitalizations have increased over 700 percent in the last two months. There are currently 23.8 new cases per 100,000 people per day with case rates “increasing eleven-fold within two months.” According to California’s COVID-19 dashboard, 9,748 positive cases were reported on Aug. 17 with 7,414 hospitalizations as of Aug. 16. State hospitalization numbers are continuing to rise despite being at an all-time low since Jan. 2021 when the number of positive patients reached nearly 22,000. As cases and hospitalizations continue to climb, hospitals prepare for a surge. Terry Kanaki, Southern California Kaiser …

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