a hospital patient in a hospital bed.
A hospital patient. Photo via Pixabay.

The availability of intensive care unit beds in Southern California has dropped under the threshold to trigger a Regional Stay at Home Order, according to figures released Friday evening by the California Department of Public Health.

The 11-county region’s ICU available capacity was 13.1% because of the growing number of coronavirus cases. If it remains under 15% by 12:59 p.m. Saturday the Regional Stay at Home Order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday under the order issued Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The Southern California region consists of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, Inyo, Mono, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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