COVID-19: SoCal region hits 0% ICU capacity, Henry Mayo reports three deaths

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The Southern California region’s availability of intensive care units reached 0% Thursday, as Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported three additional COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the death toll in the Santa Clarita Valley to 97.

Northern California remains the only region above the state’s 15% threshold, while the San Joaquin Valley returned to 0.7%, following a day at 0%.

Gov. Gavin Newsom explained what it means to have 0% capacity during Tuesday’s COVID-19 update.

“When you hear where it’s 0%, that doesn’t mean we have no ICU beds or staff available at all,” Newsom said. “It means we’re now into a surge approach, (with) surge staffing and surge management — so (the ICU capacity) goes up and goes down by the hour, not just by the day.”

Henry Mayo has reported a death at the hospital nearly each day for the past two weeks, for a total of 16 since Dec. 7.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials released the following updated COVID-19 statistics Thursday:

Southern California available ICU capacity: 0%

COVID-19 cases reported in L.A. County: 14,418
Total COVID-19 cases in L.A. County: 580,325

New deaths related to COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours: 102
Total COVID-19 deaths in L.A. County: 8,664

Hospitalizations countywide: 4,864; 20% of whom are in the ICU.
Hospitalizations at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as of Dec. 17: 85, with 528 discharged since the onset of the pandemic.

COVID-19 cases reported in the Santa Clarita Valley in the past 24 hours: 227, of which 170 came from the city of Santa Clarita.
Total COVID-19 cases in the SCV: 13,065
Total COVID-19 deaths in the SCV: 97, including three deaths reported by Henry Mayo Thursday.

The numbers of SCV cases, including all area health care providers’ daily figures and those at Pitchess Detention Center, broken down into region, are as follows:

City of Santa Clarita: 8,893
Unincorporated – Acton: 192
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce: 91
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon: 18
Unincorporated – Canyon Country: 376
Unincorporated – Castaic: 2,657 (majority of Castaic cases come from Pitchess Detention Center, exact number unavailable)
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes: 18
Unincorporated – Newhall: 50
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon: 0
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon: 4
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon: 8
Unincorporated – Saugus: 60
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country: 18
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch: 453
Unincorporated – Val Verde: 144
Unincorporated – Valencia: 82

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