You may notice that the number of new cases from day to day might not always add up to the cumulative total of cases. This is because our quality control measures and those of the California Department of Public Health may determine a need for reclassification of some cases. These small adjustments are due to changes in results from inconclusive or pending, or duplications in results, and are normal occurrences in the day-to-day collection of complicated data.
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In the event of disasters, hospitals and the healthcare system may face significant challenges. Surge planning is a regular, key component of every hospital’s emergency plan and response. As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, hospitals are prepared for the increase in patient volume. One key component of surge planning is the ability to increase the total number of beds available in hospitals.
Data shown include the numbers of acute hospital beds (commonly referred to as “floor” or “med/surg”), intensive care unit beds, ventilators, and surge beds. Surge beds are the additional beds that are not normally used in a hospital but may be made available in the event of a mass event.
These data may vary greatly day to day as they are only accurate at the moment hospitals provide the data. Discharges, transfers, and deaths of patients occur throughout the day, potentially leading to wide variations in the numbers.
Data are provided by reporting hospitals and represent a snapshot of the hospitals census and capacity at that point in time. We will continue to provide updates to these data as they are made available.