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California coronavirus hospitalizations are plummeting

Rafik Abdou
Posted at 9:03 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 00:03:25-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California hospitals, which weeks ago were on the verge of rationing care, are now seeing a rapid decline in new admissions that should cut coronavirus hospitalizations in half in another month.

The state’s top health officer said Tuesday that intensive care capacity that had hovered at zero is now rebounding across the hardest-hit areas.

State officials had used plunging ICU capacities to issue stay-home orders for most of California during its worst surge. But California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says capacity is improving, while positivity rates and other indicators are also promising.