Since Sept. 3, transfers from hospitals in the San Joaquin Valley to hospitals throughout the state have been required when clinically appropriate and capable as determined by the hospital leadership and Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC). This is in place until at least today, Sept. 9. If the San Joaquin Valley continues to remain under 10% ICU capacity for three consecutive days, the requirement for hospitals outside the San Joaquin Valley to accept patients will be extended for another seven-day period under the health order.
Following up on a Sept. 1 Coronavirus Update article, CHA would like to correct that the state health order on hospital surge does not utilize mutual aid regions but rather Public Health Officer Regions, which are displayed on the state’s dashboard on Regional ICU Capacity. The regions covered by the state health order are:
- Bay Area Region: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties
- Greater Sacramento Region: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter/Yuba, and Yolo counties
- Northern California Region: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties
- San Joaquin Valley Region: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties
- Southern California Region: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties
As a reminder, when one of these regions has less than 10% capacity for three consecutive days, hospitals statewide are required to accept transfers for a seven-day period when clinically appropriate and when the hospital has the capability, as determined by the hospital leadership and the MHOAC.