"The first coronavirus vaccinations in Marin will take place on Thursday, but a surge of new cases still threatens to overwhelm hospital intensive care units, the county’s public health officer said.
“We know that community transmission is accelerating exponentially,” Dr. Matt Willis told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “Our hospitals are at or near full capacity, and case rates in Marin are four times higher than one month ago.”
The county reported Tuesday that all the fully staffed intensive care unit beds at Marin’s hospitals are now in use. Twelve of the 29 beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.
Across the Bay Area, 82.2% of the ICU beds at hospitals throughout the Bay Area were occupied Tuesday, Willis said. Statewide, 94.3% of ICU beds were in use.
“Historically when there were surges in one area or another we were able to redistribute resources from across the nation to meet the needs of those hard hit areas,” Willis said. “That is no longer the case. Every jurisdiction is essentially on its own because they are all experiencing surges simultaneously.”
Willis kicked off his presentation with a message from Dr. Laura Eberhard, chief of the critical care department at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center.
“As an ICU doctor I’m not scared by much,” Eberhard said, “but I find the prospect of having a hospital and an ICU overflowing, and concern about not being able to take good care of our Marin residents, scary. Only our community can stop this epidemic.”
MARIN COVID DATA: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/covid-19-status-update-12152020
LA Times Tracker: https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/marin-county/