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Southern California reaches 0% ICU capacity

The intensive care unit capacity in Southern California hospitals has dropped to 0% as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the region. 

As of Dec. 16, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported 22,422 new positive cases of the virus and 566,005 total cases. There have been 138 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 8,568. 

Southern California had reached 1.7% ICU capacity earlier this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during a press conference Tuesday, Dec. 15. 

This comes after Newsom implemented a regional lockdown beginning Dec. 6 limiting nonessential activity in the state. Announced Dec. 3, the stay-at-home order went into effect in a region once that area’s ICU capacity dipped below 15%. 

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Common symptoms:

● Cough                   ● Fever

● Tiredness            ● Shortness of breath

● Chills                      ● Shaking

● Loss of taste      ● Loss of smell

● Muscle pain        ● Headache

● Sore throat

Symptoms can begin to present one to 14 days after initial exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

How is it transmitted?

● Close contact with someone, such as shaking hands or hugging.

● Contact with droplets from a sneeze or cough.

● Touching of eyes, mouth or nose with dirty hands.

Are you at risk?

● Have you traveled to an affected area within the past two weeks?

● Have you had close contact with someone who is infected?

If yes to either, and you begin to present symptoms, call your doctor and ask to be tested. 


There is currently no treatment for COVID-19, but the CDC recommends measures to contain the spread of the virus.

● Self-isolate; avoid contact with others including pets; only leave your house for food or medical attention.

● Wear a face mask.

● Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds; sanitizer must contain over 60% alcohol to be effective.

● Clean “high-touch” areas every day.  

● Maintain a six-foot distance from other individuals; abide by “social distancing” recommendations. 

● Avoid gatherings with more than nine people. 

 Alert health officials if you think you have COVID-19; monitor your symptoms.

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