To preserve critical hospital bed capacity and to protect the health and safety of residents, the County of Monterey Health Officer is announcing that the County of Monterey will proactively implement the State Regional Stay At Home Order. The Order will take effect at 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2020 and continue until 6 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021. A copy of the signed Health Officer Stay at Home Order is available here.
The State Regional Stay At Home Order issued December 3, 2020, creates five regions in the state and requires additional restrictions if a region’s intensive care unit (ICU) bed availability drops below 15 percent. Monterey County is in the Bay Area Region, which has not yet reached the 15 percent threshold. However, local data indicate the healthcare system in our county is seeing a scarcity of both general acute bed and ICU bed capacity. In addition, the ability of health care workers to attend to the sheer number of hospitalizations has suffered.
While the state provides daily metrics of the ICU capacity in each region, the regional metrics do not adequately reflect the current situation at our local hospitals nor the strain on health care workers caring for our most critically ill patients.
Information about what additional restrictions are in place for counties under the Regional Stay Home order is available on the California COVID-19 website https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/