Gov. Newsom: Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 patients in California hospitals, 800-plus in ICU beds

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Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed Thursday that nearly 2,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state of California, including more than 800 who are in intensive-care unit beds.

During a news briefing, Newsom said 1,922 people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalized while 816 are in ICU beds, an increase of 5.4% from Wednesday.

“Those are big numbers, but well within our modeling and well within our capacity to serve and meet this moment,” Newsom said.

According to data compiled by the Bay Area News Group, the state has now recorded more than 10,000 positive tests for the novel coronavirus. As of Thursday afternoon, 216 people had died from COVID-19 in California.

Exactly one week ago, California had recorded 3,082 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 67 deaths.

The hospitalization and ICU numbers provided by Newsom on Thursday do not include the number of suspected COVID-19 patients who have not either not yet been tested or have not received test results back. According to data made public by the state’s Public Health Department, there are 3,481 suspected COVID-19 patients in California hospitals including 618 in ICU beds.

Four California counties — Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara and Orange — have more than 100 hospitalized patients with COVID-19.


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