Ventura County enacts surge plan with ICUs, ERs full with COVID-19 patients

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An ambulance sits outside Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura in this undated photo (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

An ambulance sits outside Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura in this undated photo (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

A coronavirus hospital surge plan is in place in Ventura County after emergency rooms and intensive care units filled up.

During a Wednesday media briefing, Ventura County Executive Officer Michael Powers said that when he asked hospital staffers whether their facilities were filling up, they said they were already full.

“That just says that even in a county like Ventura County, where we’ve been doing so well with keeping our numbers low, some of the lowest numbers in the state, even here this can happen. We could see this community spread and we could see a rise in hospital cases. I think this is a good wake-up call for us,” Powers said.

There are 79 people hospitalized for acute COVID-19 care in the county, Ventura County Public Health Director Rigoberto Vargas said. In early June, that number sat in the mid-20s, he said. Thirty-one people are in intensive care units.

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