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Sacramento County COVID-19 hospitalizations set a pandemic record

The number of people with COVID-19 in Sacramento County hospitals has reached a pandemic level while the omicron rise continues. There were 547 people hospitalized who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, according to a dashboard maintained by the California Department of Public Health. It surpassed the previous high of 518 on December 22, 2020. It has also risen from 426 patients a week ago and 267 two weeks ago. It was not immediately clear how many people were admitted for COVID-19 compared to those who tested positive after being admitted for another problem. The number of those in intensive care units at Sacramento County hospitals has also been increasing, but more slowly. There were 96 patients in the intensive care unit on Sunday, compared to a maximum of 130 on 18 January 2020. A week ago, there were 72 people in the intensive care unit. Two weeks ago, the number was 61. Overall, unvaccinated people across California are 8 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated individuals, according to state data. There are an average of two COVID-19 deaths a day in the county, county health officials said last week. | RELATED | COVID-19 California: Find Test Information, Omicron Updates, Vaccine Rates, and Boosters Sacramento County Public Health Officer Olivia Kasirye has said COVID-19 cases are still on the rise and a peak in the omicron rise is expected in late January or early February. The 7-day average case rate in the county is 208.6 cases per. 100,000 people, according to the state dashboard. For the sake of perspective, the county had set a threshold of 5 cases per. 100,000 before revoking the county's mandate for indoor masks. Kasirye said last week that the county was working with hospitals and the state to increase overvoltage capacity and submit staffing requests. She has appealed to people not to visit emergency rooms unless it is a true emergency. Kaiser Permanente announced Friday that it would make temporary beds available to non-COVID-19 patients and received assistance with equipment and staff from the state. KCRA 3 has contacted the county health department and CDPH for more information on the recent increase in admissions. Kasirye has said that the omicron variant appears to have milder symptoms compared to other variants, but still has "very worrying" effects for those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised.

The number of people with COVID-19 in Sacramento County hospitals has reached a pandemic level while the omicron rise continues.

There were 547 people hospitalized who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, according to a dashboard maintained by the California Department of Public Health. It surpassed the previous high of 518 on December 22, 2020. It has also risen from 426 patients a week ago and 267 two weeks ago.

It was not immediately clear how many people were admitted for COVID-19 compared to those who tested positive after being admitted for another problem.

The number of those in intensive care units at Sacramento County hospitals has also been increasing, but more slowly. There were 96 patients in the intensive care unit on Sunday, compared to a maximum of 130 on 18 January 2020. A week ago, there were 72 people in the intensive care unit. Two weeks ago, the number was 61.

Overall, unvaccinated people across California are 8 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated individuals, according to state data.

There are an average of two COVID-19 deaths a day in the county, county health officials said last week.

| RELATED | COVID-19 in California: Find test information, omicron updates, vaccine prices and boosters

Sacramento County Public Health Officer Olivia Kasirye has said COVID-19 cases are still on the rise and a peak in the omicron rise is expected in late January or early February.

The 7-day average case rate in the county is 208.6 cases per. 100,000 people, according to the state dashboard. For the sake of perspective, the county had set a threshold of 5 cases per. 100,000 before revoking the county's mandate for indoor masks.

Kasirye said last week that the county was working with hospitals and the state to increase overvoltage capacity and submit staff support requests.

She has urged people not to visit the emergency rooms unless it is a real emergency.

Kaiser Permanente announced Friday that it would make temporary beds available to non-COVID-19 patients and received assistance with equipment and staff from the state.

KCRA 3 has contacted the county's health department and CDPH for more information on the recent increase in admissions.

Kasirye has said that the omicron variant appears to have milder symptoms compared to other variants, but still has "very worrying" effects for those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised.

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