Dec. 29—Latest facts on COVID-19 in Modesto area
The overall number of COVID-19 patients declined Monday in Stanislaus County hospitals, but intensive-care units were near capacity.
The county's five hospitals had 333 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, down from 348 on Sunday. That is about 100 more than the peak of the summer surge.
There were just two remaining staffed adult ICU beds available, down from six the day before.
Eight more residents have died, for a total of 586 since the first in April, the county Health Services Agency said. The 158 COVID-related deaths in December surpasses the single-month high since the start of the pandemic. In August, 152 people succumbed.
A stay-at-home order started Dec. 6 because of tight ICU space for adults in Stanislaus and 11 other counties in the San Joaquin Valley Region. It was triggered when available beds fell below 15% of the total. Monday was the 11th straight day at zero.
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