In densely populated Southern California and the agricultural San Joaquin Valley in the state, which has a combined population of about 30 million people, there are no vacant beds in intensive care units, Governor Gavin Newsom said.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Gali said many state hospitals may soon run out of wards for patients who require hospitalization but do not require intensive care.
Speaking at a press conference, Gali linked the current surge in COVID-19 with the Thanksgiving gatherings. A similar surge is expected after Christmas and New Years, he said.
Newsom urged Californians to comply with stay-at-home orders that restrict people’s activity in much of the state.
“We are not victims of fate,” he said.