On Tuesday, the Kern County Public Health Department had reported that the county had a state-adjusted ICU capacity of 12.4%. Without the state standardization, Kern’s ICU capacity would have been at 19.2%.
The San Joaquin Valley region must have an ICU capacity of 15% or better in order to exit the state’s stay-at-home order. The soonest the region could exit would be Dec. 28.
The U.S. FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States and shipments are expected to begin Sunday.