Overwhelmed California hospitals sending COVID-19 patients to SF – SF Gate

UCSF Hellen Diller Medical Center Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. on March 20, 2020. The Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

UCSF Hellen Diller Medical Center Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. on March 20, 2020. The Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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UCSF Hellen Diller Medical Center Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. on March 20, 2020. The Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

UCSF Hellen Diller Medical Center Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. on March 20, 2020. The Bay Area is under a shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SFGate

Overloaded California health centers sending out COVID-19 patients to SF

As coronavirus cases in California continue to climb, medical facilities in a handful of counties are filling up with COVID-19 clients, and San Francisco is taking on a few of the overflow.

At San Francisco General, 69 people were hospitalized with validated COVID-19 since Monday afternoon and 16 are transfers. Of those, six are in intense care and ten in the ICU.

Since Monday afternoon, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), stated it had three patients from Imperial County and 5 from San Quentin.

Recently, the city stated in a release that the number of hospitalizations has actually increased more than 50% over seven days, “increasing from 43 on June 22 to 67 on June 29, including 18 clients moved from San Quentin State Prison, and Fresno and Imperial counties.”

Chin-Hong stated the very first COVID-19 patients in the Bay Area at the start of the pandemic were transferred to UCSF as the health center focuses on unusual cases.

Stanford Hospital simply south of San Francisco has likewise taken in some clients from outside the Bay Area.

UCSF professor Peter Chin-Hong stated its not uncommon for hospitals to look after clients outside their counties in emergency situation scenarios.

” Its part of the reaction that we have established in hospitals in California,” stated Chin-Hong. “If theres a wildfire or any other disaster, medical facilities share resources. Its common in catastrophe scenarios.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom provided a similar message at his Monday rundown, stating that transferring clients from a county with a rise to one with more capability in hospitals becomes part of the pandemic plan.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 50% in California over the previous two weeks, with the variety of healthcare facility beds occupied by COVID-19 patients going from 3,868 to 5,790 individuals, according to information from the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

San Quentin Prison has also experienced a major break out due to a mismanaged transfer of inmates from the California Institution for Men in Chino. As of Monday night, 1,355 prisoners at the Marin County facility had tested favorable.

Amy Graff is the news editor for SFGATE. Email her: agraff@sfgate.com.

” I believe its about the highest weve been since March-April,” stated Chin-Hong. “The scary thing is that this isnt the peak yet, and were anticipating to get more and more specifically after 4th of July. At the end of the day, its going to be higher than we were in the start. The fear is we could reach full capacity.”

” Its part of the reaction that we have actually set up in medical facilities in California,” stated Chin-Hong. “If theres a wildfire or any other catastrophe, health centers share resources. In Imperial County, for example, medical facilities have actually been at near-capacity for weeks. The county moved some 500 Coronavirus clients to medical facilities outside the area, including some to the San Francisco Bay Area. The mainly rural county on the Mexico border with a population of about 180,000 has actually had a positive rate hovering around 20%.

While the number of occupied beds is increasing, only 8% of the states health center beds remain in usage. Newsom noted this number is misleading and utilization is considerably greater in specific parts of the state.

In Imperial County, for example, healthcare facilities have been at near-capacity for weeks. The county transferred some 500 Coronavirus clients to hospitals outside the region, including some to the San Francisco Bay Area.

” Its about partnership, its about sharing, its about a detailed strategy and procedure that we mapped out at the start of the pandemic,” he stated.

” If theres something odd, you send it to the university health center that has more resources,” he said.