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Sacramento County sees three days of increased coronavirus hospitalizations

Sacramento County hospitals experienced strain with a rise to 98 total coronavirus cases.

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Sacramento County continues to see the number of coronavirus hospitalizations rise, but that rate is no longer the only data considered alarming to the California Department of Public Health.

Between the 10 hospitals in Sacramento County, 98 people were receiving treatment for the coronavirus, a roughly 28.8% increase for the 3-day average according to CDPH.

While the number of ICU beds filled with coronavirus patients has not greatly increased, the availability of beds has dropped to 13.9%, which is just over six percentage points lower than what the state would like to see from counties.

Janna Haynes, a spokesperson for the county, confirmed coronavirus patients are not the majority of the beds taken in the ICUs across the county. 

"Hospitals all have surge plans in place, should we near our capacity county-wide," Haynes said in an email.

As for cases, Sacramento reached a record high of new cases June 28 with 228 newly reported coronavirus cases. For June 29, the number of new cases decreased to 219 reported coronavirus cases.

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COVID-19 BACKGROUND

According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. Coronavirus is believed to have been first detected in a seafood market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Currently, there is no vaccine; however, the CDC suggests the following precautions, along with any other respiratory illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

WHY HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE SO CONCERNED

Some people have compared the low overall death toll to the flu's high annual death toll in the United States as a reason not to be concerned about COVID-19. However, doctors and health officials are concerned about three main reasons:

  1. There's no vaccine yet and won't be one for until early 2021, at the soonest. Scientists are still researching what other medications could help patients. 
  2. Some people have built up immunity to the flu, but few have immunity to the COVID-19 version of coronavirus
  3. Droplets spread both the flu and COVID-19, but COVID-19 might be spread in the air. Scientists are researching how COVID-19 spreads.