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89 COVID deaths in county in first 11 days of 2021
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Eighty-nine people have died of COVID-19 in San Joaquin County during the first 11 days of 2021.

The death toll is at 724 as of Monday at 12:01 p.m. There were 635 deaths attributed to COVID-19 throughout the county last year.

As of Monday there were 6,034 active COVID cases out of a county population of 767,000. Not all who are currently positive are showing signs of sickness. There were 6,756 active cases on Dec. 31.

Since the pandemic started in mid-March of 2020 there have been 52,400 cases in San Joaquin County with 45,642 recovered.

There are now 835 beds — 85 percent of overall capacity — occupied at the county’s seven hospitals. It represents a 1.8 percent increase in the previous 24 hours and a 6.2 percent drop in the past seven days.

Of those beds, 40 percent are occupied by COVID patients.

The overall ICU capacity is at 155 percent with 153 beds in use or 54 more than the hospitals collectively are licensed by the state. Of those patients 96 or 63 percent have COVID.

Every hospital in the county except Doctors Hospital of Manteca and Sutter Tracy Community has exceeded ICU capacity. Both are at 88 percent.

Doctors Hospital has 52 of its 72 beds filled with 33 of them with COVID patients.

In order to drop back into the four-tier colored system, ICU capacity throughout the San Joaquin Valley region needs to drop to 85 percent — roughly 66 less patients there are at 150 percent capacity.

The top or purple tier is when activities such as outside dining will be allowed to resume.


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