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California governor encouraged by drop in ICU placements

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 22:45:17-04

California has seen its first daily decrease in intensive care hospitalizations during the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday the number of ICU placements declined by 1.9% on Wednesday.

He said the decline was encouraging, but urged people not to read too much into it.

Newsom has said the number of ICU hospitalizations is a key indicator for how many health care workers and medical supplies the state needs.

Newsom also said California hospitals are using only about one-third of their ventilators.

He said about 8,000 ventilators are available.

California has more than 19,100 cases and at least 507 deaths.