Regional Stay-at-Home Order Extended Indefinitely

The California Department of Public Health's Regional Stay-at-Home Order for the Bay Area, which includes the City of Monterey and Monterey County, was set to expire Friday. Because the region's ICU capacity was at 3%, the restrictions will remain in place.

According to a news release from the California Department of Public Health on January 10, 2021:

ICU capacity projections for regions that are eligible to exit the order are calculated daily based on four factors: current estimated regional ICU capacity available, measure of current community transmission, current regional case rates and the proportion of ICU cases being admitted. Decreasing community transmission and increasing the health system capacity can help a region's projected ICU capacity so they can exit the order.

As of this morning, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula reports 40 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 5 COVID-19 patients in the ICU, and 21 total ICU-level patients where there are typically 20 beds in the ICU. 52 people have died from COVID-19 in the only hospital located in the City of Monterey.

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