325 VC residents hospitalized with COVID-19, 67 in ICUs

12 26 20 COVIDAs of Dec. 25, data from the California Department of Public Health reported Ventura County had:

— 325 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19

— 13 hospitalized with suspected COVID-19

— 67 people with confirmed COVID-19 in intensive care units

— 4 people in ICUs with suspected COVID-19

— 35 ICU beds available in Ventura County.

Hospitalization numbers in Ventura County can be viewed on the state website at:

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health experienced a service interruption caused by an outage in the area, so daily cases and deaths from Los Angeles were not reported on Dec. 26.

It is likely that the Regional Stay at Home Order will extend for many regions in California. Regions must remain under the Regional Stay at Home Order for at least three weeks and shall continue until ICU capacity projections for four weeks from the day assessed are above or equal to 15%.

Current available ICU capacity by region:

 Southern California: 0.0%

Bay Area: 11.3%

Greater Sacramento: 16.9%

Northern California: 33.9%

San Joaquin Valley: 0.0%


Due to high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations impacting the health care system, California is under a limited Stay Home Order for several counties, including Ventura County. 

Statewide COVID-19 data as of Dec. 26:

— California has 2,072,665 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

— There were 30,375 newly recorded confirmed cases Dec. 25.

— The 7-day positivity rate is 11.3% and the 14-day positivity rate is 12.1%.

— There have been 31,446,542 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 379,681 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

— As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 23,983 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccinate all 58

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. This is Phase 1A of the state’s vaccine plan. The Drafting Guidelines Workgroup is working with the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee to recommend prioritization of other vaccine recipients for Phase 1B and 1C, and the state is working closely with community partners and stakeholders to help ensure the vaccine is distributed and administered equitably across California. For more information, visit this CDPH webpage and Vaccinate All 58.

Holiday tips

Reduce your risk this holiday season and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Follow guidance from CDPH and plan safer celebrations. Get Holiday tips at

Testing turnaround time

The testing turnaround dashboard reports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. During the week of December 13 to December 19, the average time patients waited for test results was 1.6 days. During this same time period, 51% of patients received test results in one day and 81% received them within two days. The testing turnaround time dashboard is updated weekly. At this time, all four tiers in the Testing Prioritization Guidance have equal priority for testing.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a statewide plan for reducing COVID-19 and keeping Californians healthy and safe. The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease. Californians can go to to find out where their county falls and what activities are allowable in each county.

Data and tools

A wide range of data and analysis guides California’s response to COVID-19. The state is making the data and its analytical tools available to researchers, scientists and the public at

Popular links include:

The Statewide COVID-19 Dashboard

The California COVID-19 Assessment Tool

Health Equity Dashboard

COVID-19 Hospital Data and Case Statistics

View additional datasets at the California Open Data Portal

(That includes testing data, PPE logistics data, hospital data, homeless impact and more)


Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

Each week, the California Department of Public Health updates the number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported in the state. As of December 21, 157 cases of MIS-C have been reported statewide. To protect patient confidentiality in counties with fewer than 11 cases, we are not providing total counts at this time.

MIS-C is a rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 that can damage multiple organ systems. MIS-C can require hospitalization and be life threatening. Parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C including fever that does not go away, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling tired. Contact your child’s doctor immediately if your child has these symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients is critical to preventing long-term complications.

Health care worker infection rRates

As of Dec. 25, local health departments have reported 66,911 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 249 deaths statewide.

Your actions save lives

Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

• If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches), call your health care provider.

 • If you believe you have been exposed, get tested. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.

• Stay home except for essential activities and follow state and local public health guidance.

• Keep interactions to people who live in your household.

• Wear a cloth face mask when out in public.

Avoid non-essential travel and stay close to home; self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival if you leave the state.

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work, school and other people if you feel ill.

• Add your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.

Answer the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or local health department tries to connect.


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