The number of people being treated at hospitals in San Bernardino County for COVID-19 has surpassed 400 in two of the past three days, according to the state.
According to the data, a total of 406 confirmed cases as of Friday, December 17 and 403 such cases as of Sunday, December 19, marks the first time 400 cases have been hospitalized since the end of September. And 117 of these patients were treated in intensive care units – a number that is also the highest since late September.
Hospital admissions for San Bernardino County rose 15.8% from 348 on December 5 to 403 in the past two weeks.
“We’ve had a gradual growth, which, in fact, we think is due to the fact that people socialize and get together for the holidays,” said Dr. Troy Pennington, emergency department physician and emergency room physician at the regional Arrowhead County Medical Center, Colton. … “We started to see our numbers increase about four days after Thanksgiving.”
“This is a much more modest growth than what we saw earlier,” Pennington said, citing a spike in the holiday season this time last year and a summer surge fueled by the rise of the delta option.
State figures show that in early January, San Bernardino County had 1,785 hospitalizations and that 363 patients were treated in intensive care units. According to the data, during the summer spike on August 17, the number of hospitalizations exceeded 580 people.
Nonetheless, Pennington said hospital officials are concerned that a new variant, the omicron, is spreading and the region is heading for a new period of tense holiday gatherings. On the one hand, there is evidence that the omicron does not make people as sick as other options. But early evidence also suggests it is much more contagious, he said. Pennington urged people to take precautions during the celebration.
Here are the latest numbers. Vaccination and hospitalization data are from the state as of Sunday. Other numbers were released by the district on Monday, December 20.
San Bernardino County
- 2636085 doses administered to residents of the district
- 1,264,071 residents received at least one dose
- 1 144 937 of them are fully vaccinated.
- Over the past week, 50,708 doses have been registered
- 8684 residents received their first dose in the past week.
- 9394 residents were fully vaccinated in the last week.
- 374,832 total
- 3509 posts in the past week
- It is estimated that 365,204 cases of the total will be resolved (living patients who tested positive more than 10 days ago).
- 5,992 total
- 10 posts in the past week
Hospital examination (20 out of 25 objects report)
- 403 confirmed and 20 suspected patients hospitalized
- 117 confirmed and two suspected ICU patients
- 5,128,958 Total
- 92,262 reports arrived in the last week
How is this last week compared to the previous week
- Vaccine dose reduction reported by 8%
- The first vaccination was done by 13% fewer residents
- Fully vaccinated 15% fewer residents
- 17% fewer reported cases
- 33% fewer registered deaths
- 7% more confirmed patients in the hospital
- 24% more confirmed ICU patients
- 4% more tests reported
For information on cases, deaths, and vaccinations in the San Bernardino County community, click here.
Here’s a look at how county numbers change every day: