LIVERMORE, CA — Nearly 9,300 COVID-19 cases, on average, have been diagnosed in Alameda County over the past 14 days. That's down from the 14-day average of 11,100 cases a week ago, though the case count continues to climb in Livermore and elsewhere.
Some 49,800 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Alameda County, including 2,566 cases in Livermore, according to Alameda County Public Health. Countywide, nearly 630 deaths have been linked to COVID-19.
While Alameda County's current number of hospitalized patients — 418 — is far higher than the previous high of 213 in late July, hospital admissions appear to have somewhat plateaued. This is consistent with trends across the state, "the major exception" being Southern California, where Los Angeles County has been hit hardest, Newsom said.
Four in 10 Alameda County hospital beds remain available.
There are currently 115 patients in Alameda County's intensive care unit beds. Thirty-four percent of ICU beds here remain available — far higher than the regional average of 9.5 percent in the nine-county Bay Area plus Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.
ICU capacity is the key factor state officials consider when determining whether a county may be removed from the regional stay-at-home order, which shut down outdoor dining, bars, salons and more, and set tighter restrictions on other sectors. The Bay Area will exit the stay-at-home order Jan. 8, at which time state officials will review ICU availability projections four weeks in advance before determining whether Alameda County and others may exit the stay-at-home order and return to the four-tiered, color-coded COVID-19 risk assessment system.
Nearly six in 10 ventilators remain available in Alameda County.
Here's the Alameda County case count by community:
Castro Valley: 1,444
Eden area: 3,308
San Leandro: 3,067
Union City: 2,244
Other unincorporated: 90