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Sacramento County added to state coronavirus watch list

Sacramento County is one of 15 counties on the state coronavirus watch list according to new information released today by the California Department of Public Health.

Sacramento’s numbers for the percentage change for 3 day hospitalization rates and percent of ICU beds available exceeded the state guidelines. The change in the 3 day hospitalization rate was 28.7%, exceeding the state threshold of 10%. The rate compares the number of hospitalizations over a 3 day period, with the previous 3 days. The county’s available ICU beds dropped below the state threshold of 20%, to 18.9%.

At today’s news conference, Governor Newsom announced the latest coronavirus numbers for the previous 24 hours

  • Total new cases dropped to 4890
  • There were 79 deaths
  • 77,000 tests
  • 3% increase in hospitalization rates
  • 4.4% increase in ICU patients
  • 14 day positivity test rate is 5.3%
  • 7 day positivity test rate is 5.7%

Newsom pleaded with residents to use face masks, social distance, and avoid attending gatherings due to the increases in both positive cases and hospitalizations in the state.

Positive cases rose sharply in the city of Elk Grove and Sacramento County. The number of deaths remained the same, with the county dropping by one.
Elk Grove saw a 54% increase in total cases in one week, going from 145 to 224, while the county saw an increase of 29%.

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