• from Susan Stone, CEO, Sharp Coronado Hospital

Sept. 17, in the last two months, hospitals across San Diego County have experienced extremely high inpatient volumes. At Sharp Coronado Hospital, we have - and continue to have - very high inpatient volumes.

In this most recent surge, Sharp Coronado’s COVID-19 inpatient census in August went as high as 10 COVID-19 positive inpatients per day, followed in September with a consistent drop. Sharp Coronado currently has two COVID-19 positive inpatients. In addition to the high inpatient volumes, the Emergency Room (ER) has experienced record volumes over the last two months with the majority of these cases not being related to COVID-19.

Overall, we are seeing high number of patients seeking care, many of whom delayed seeking health care over the last two years, resulting in declining health now requiring immediate care.

• State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Sept. 20, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response.

Statewide COVID-19 Data as of Sept. 20: California has 4,422,085 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed. There were 6,193 newly reported confirmed cases Sunday, Sept. 19. Cases are occurring largely among unvaccinated populations.

For the week of Aug. 29 – Sept. 4, the average case rate among unvaccinated Californians age 16 or older is 71.03 per 100,000 per day and the average case rate among vaccinated Californians age 16 or older is significantly lower at 8.9 per 100,000 per day. The great majority of new cases are among unvaccinated individuals. The rate among the unvaccinated is 8 times the rate among the vaccinated.

The 7-day positivity rate is 3.0%.

There have been 89,332,249 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 361,546 during the prior 24-hour reporting period. There have been 67,612 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

As of Sept. 20, according to the CDC, 82.8% of eligible Californians have received at least one dose. Providers have reported to CDPH that a total of 48,448,279 vaccine doses have been administered statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed. For more vaccination data, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Data Dashboard, at https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccination-progress-data/.

The risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection continues as a number of Californians remain unvaccinated. With the emergence of the more transmissible Delta variant, there is a renewed urgency to get all eligible Californians vaccinated as quickly as possible and complete their two-dose vaccination process if they are receiving Pfizer or Moderna.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, free and provides excellent protection from severe COVID-19 illness, including the Delta variant, hospitalization, and death.

Vaccination appointments for individuals aged 12+ can be made by visiting myturn.ca.gov. The consent of a parent or legal guardian may be needed for those between the ages of 12 and 17 to receive a vaccination. Visit Vaccinate All 58, https://www.vaccinateall58.com, to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines available.

For the latest information, visit www.cdph.ca.gov.

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