In the San Joaquin Valley, Southern California regions, intensive unit capacity drops below 15%, triggering a state of staying home

Two of California’s five designated regions fell below 15% of intensive hospital capacity on Friday, meaning state officials will impose strict home residence orders in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions from Saturday afternoon, state officials said Friday night. .

California’s Department of Public Health officials said the San Joaquin Valley region had an intensity of 14.1% and the Southern California region had 13.1% on Friday. Barely a day earlier, San Joaquin was 19.7% and Southern California 20.6%.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday that government officials will introduce a new coronavirus home residence regime for the regions as intensive care unit hospital capacity falls below 15%.

Orders in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions will take effect on Saturday at 12:59 p.m., state officials said.

State officials divided California into five regions.

The San Joaquin Valley represents the counties of Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne. The Southern California region represents the Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

Bay Area ICU capacity was 21.2% on Friday. It was 25.3% on Thursday.

Although the Bay Area region is still above the state threshold, five Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley announced Friday that they are voluntarily introducing a new strict coronavirus home order.

Elsewhere in California, ICU capacity was 21.4% in the Greater Sacramento region and 20.9% in the Northern California region.

Lauren Hernández is a fellow at the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ByLHernandez