The number of confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals dropped over the past week, according to the state Department of Public Health.
But seriously ill patients with VOCID-19 continue to occupy about 47% of the beds in the licensed intensive care unit at hospitals across the county. Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across all levels live in one of four beds that are licensed for acute medical and intensive care needs.
The number of infections confirmed to date in Fresno County, since the pandemic began, now exceeds 14,000, including 120 deaths.
The state Department of Public Health reported that as of Wednesday, a total of 292 patients confirmed by COVID-19, as well as 36 additional people suspected of being infected with the virus, had been hospitalized in Fresno County. . This includes 67 confirmed cases in ICUs, plus three intensive care patients for whom test results have not yet confirmed infection.
Under normal circumstances, hospitals in Fresno County have a total of 1,229 general beds licensed for acute care plus 149 licensed intensive care beds, according to the department’s Electronic Licensing Management System. health.
But due to the influx of COVID-19 patients, in addition to the burden of hospitalization patients for accidents, trauma, surgeries and other serious illnesses, the state is giving many hospitals additional flexibility and wave capacity. extra to press into service beds that are normally used for other purposes. in different departments.
Around Fresno, Kings, Madeira, Merced, Kings and Tulare, 616 people were in hospitals for coronavirus disease on Wednesday, including 563 confirmed COVID-19 cases. These confirmed cases include 115 patients receiving intensive care.
Thursday brought reports of more than 600 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections around the center of the San Joaquin Valley, as a result of testing. This brings the total number of people who have contracted the virus, whether they have shown symptoms of disease or not, to more than 33,700 in the region of the sixth central county of the Valley in San Joaquin since the first cases. localities in the global pandemic were reported in early March.
Thursday’s updated number of cases included 379 new cases in Fresno County as of Wednesday night. The county health department only provides updates to its figures on Tuesdays and Fridays, and relies on data from the state Department of Health Services on other days of the week. .
Across the Valley
Elsewhere in the central San Joaquin Valley, Thursday’s updates included:
Tulare County: 165 new cases, 9,241 to date; no new deaths, 173 to date; 2,710 active cases, 6,358 recovered.
Mariposa County: Two new cases, 53 to date; no new deaths, two to date; seven active cases, 44 recovered.
Madeira County: 36 new cases, 1,886 to date; no new deaths, 28 to date; 835 active cases, 1,023 recovered.
Merced County: 159 new cases, which have increased the Merced County caseload since the pandemic began to 4,065; four new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 39; 1,752 active cases, 2,274 recovered.
Kings County: 40 new cases, 4,146 to date; three additional deaths, 54 to date; 1,584 active cases, 2,508 recovered. The count includes 1,423 cases associated with state prisons in Avenal and Corcoran.