San Bernardino County coronavirus hospitalizations rise again

San Bernardino County coronavirus hospitalizations rise again

The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in San Bernardino County appears to be creeping up again.

County hospitals reported 99 people hospitalized by a confirmed COVID-19 case Monday, April 26, up 19% from a week earlier but still less than one-tenth of the peak number during the winter surge.

San Bernardino County hospitalizations fell below 100 for the first time in about a year on April 5, when 99 people with confirmed cases were reported to be in treatment.

The last time the number was this high was April 13, when 102 were hospitalized with COVID-19.

The numbers are still close to the best they’ve been since early in the pandemic.

Every day from Dec. 8 until Feb. 1, at least 1,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, with a peak of 1,785 Jan. 5.

The county’s potential progress to a less-restrictive tier of the state’s reopening plan, which the state assesses every Tuesday, remains stalled. Among other requirements, the adjusted case rate — the number of new cases per 100,000 people, adjusted for the number of people tested — must be below 2.0 for two consecutive weeks. San Bernardino County’s adjusted case rate as of Tuesday, April 27, is 3.4.

Here are the latest numbers as of Tuesday, according to county and state public health officials.

San Bernardino County

Confirmed cases: 295,665 total, up 100 from Monday, averaging 99 reported per day in the past week

Deaths: 4,326 total, no change from Monday, averaging one reported per day in the past week

Hospital survey: 99 confirmed and 12 suspected patients hospitalized Monday, including 18 confirmed and two suspected patients in the ICU, with 25 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is up 19% from a week earlier.

Tests: 2,908,180 total, up 4,395 from Monday, averaging 7,146 reported per day in the past week

Resolved cases (estimate): 290,255 total, up 67 from Monday, averaging 108 per day in the past week

Vaccinations*: San Bernardino County residents have received 1,133,401 doses, with 245,231 people partially vaccinated and another 462,153 fully vaccinated, as of Monday. The number of residents who have received at least one dose is up 48,099 from a week earlier.

Reopening plan tier: Orange (moderate risk level; some indoor business operations are open with modifications) based on these metrics as of Tuesday:

New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 3.4

Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 3.4

Test positivity rate: 2.0% (2.2% in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods)

What’s next: To advance to the yellow tier where more businesses can open or expand capacity, the county would need an adjusted case rate below 2.0 and a positivity rate below 2.0% for the whole county and 2.2% in disadvantaged neighborhoods for two consecutive weeks, and to have been in the orange tier for three weeks. San Bernardino County moved to the orange tier April 6. If metrics get worse, the county could move back into the more restrictive red tier.

For information on cases, deaths and vaccinations by community in San Bernardino County, click here.

By RYAN HAGEN | | The Sun
PUBLISHED: April 27, 2021 at 4:40 p.m. | UPDATED: April 27, 2021 at 4:40 p.m.


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