September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Public health officer: Sacramento County hospital beds are full

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — In a Thursday briefing, public health officials said Sacramento County hospitals are reporting that their beds are full as they see a spike in COVID-19 patients.

Sacramento County hospitals were treating 420 COVID-19 patients Wednesday and had 106 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.

“The hospitals are at capacity now,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “We are concerned about the status and the availability of both the general beds, as well as beds in the intensive care unit.”

Dr. Kasirye is urging residents to only visit emergency rooms and use ambulance services for true health emergencies. Last week, COVID-19 cases made up 8.9% of all ER visits.

The county is working with the state to look for other hospital beds that may be available in other counties.

Dr. Kasirye said officials have made no immediate plans to open a field hospital like the one set up last year at the Sleep Train Arena.

UC Davis Health addressed Dr. Kasirye’s update in a statement sent to FOX40.

Patients who come to UC Davis Health will always receive the care they need. As the area’s only Level 1 trauma center, our hospital is almost always full – even before COVID-19. Adding dozens of COVID-19 patients – who are overwhelmingly unvaccinated – into an already busy hospital does make bed scheduling and care delivery more difficult, but our role in the health care system is to handle whatever patient needs arise. With every hospital being impacted by COVID-19, there isn’t the pre-pandemic level of staffing flexibility that most hospitals use to bring in additional staff when needed. Since our hospital is almost always full, this situation is not as challenging at UC Davis Medical Center, as we are always staffed to serve a full hospital.

UC Davis Health

Four more deaths were reported in the county Wednesday, helping to bring the total for the entire state up to 64,931.

Sacramento County Epidemiology Program Manager Jamie White said the county is also seeing a shift in deaths compared to the winter spike. With older adults getting the vaccine, younger people are falling victim to the virus and some are dying from complications of COVID-19, White said.

“We’re seeing younger people more represented among deaths due to COVID than we were during the winter surge,” White said.

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