Greater Sacramento region falls below 15% ICU availability, stay-at-home order will ‘likely be extended’

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Hospital intensive care unit availability for the Greater Sacramento Region has fallen below 15% again, all but ensuring the state's stay-at-home order will not be lifted in time for the new year as many had hoped.

California’s COVID-19 state dashboard on Thursday listed 14.4% ICU availability, the first time the metric has fallen back below 15% in several days.

State officials said Thursday afternoon that the order would "likely be extended based on early ICU projections."

"While the Greater Sacramento region’s daily current ICU capacity numbers have been relatively consistent at approximately 14%, early projections over the next four weeks show ICU capacity is likely to drop," a release from the Department of Public Health said. "Therefore, the order will likely be extended for that region. Official ICU projections for the Greater Sacramento region will be posted on January 2 based on January 1 data."

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