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CoronavirusCrisis alert: Santa Clara County has only 25 ICU beds left

Crisis alert: Santa Clara County has only 25 ICU beds left

According to Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 dashboard, county hospitals have only 25 remaining ICU beds available before they reach capacity. Ninety-three percent of available ICU beds are full. Currently, 43 percent of ICU beds have COVID patients in them. 

Regular hospital beds are cited as having reached 89% capacity, with 220 available for incoming patients. Twenty-eight percent of regular beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

COVID case numbers have worsened in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, as people disregarded expert advice to avoid travel and gatherings with those outside of their own households.

To date, 78,683 Santa Clara County residents have tested positive for COVID, and of those, 815 have died. At present, on average, 1,196 new cases are logged per week in Santa Clara County. 

In Milpitas, 2,254 residents have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began, which is just shy of 3% of the city’s population of 77,562.

Health experts continue urging people to wear masks in public, engage in regular hand washing, shelter in place whenever possible, and avoid travel or gathering with those outside of their own households. Although COVID-19 vaccines are currently approved for use in the United States, the rollout has been slow and most people will not have access to them for months.



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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