by Eric Quintanar
The Sacramento region, home to California’s capitol building and 3 million residents, will become the third of five regions in California to trigger a stay-at-home order based on Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) new available ICU hospital bed threshold.
The state’s latest public health data says that the Sacramento region has dropped to 14.3% available ICU beds throughout the region, 0.7% lower than the threshold Newsom established to trigger a three-week stay-at-home order.
“The bottom line is if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” said Newsom when he announced the looming public health orders in early December. “If we don’t act now, we’ll continue to see a death rate climb, more lives lost.”