UPDATE DEC. 18, 2020: The ICU capacity for Southern California has dropped to zero, meaning ICU beds are 100% full as some local hospitals are diverting ambulances, delaying treatment for critically ill patients.
Grim news offsets relief over arrival of first 28,000 vaccine doses locally
By Miriam Raftery
Photo via Governor’s office: These medical workers are among the first in California to be vaccinated with the newly arrived COVID-19 vaccine.
December 15, 2020 (San Diego) – With the COVID-19 death toll spiking and hospital ICU capacity dropping to just 1.7% in Southern California, the state has ordered 60 refrigerated storage units to use as makeshift morgues. In addition, 5,000 body bags have been distributed to San Diego, Los Angeles and Inyo Counties, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today.