ICU beds


There were no intensive-care beds available in Tuolumne County on Thursday as hospitalizations continued to rise amid an ongoing surge of coronavirus cases, according to a California COVID-19 data dashboard.

The county Public Health Department released an update Friday afternoon reporting a total of 73 new cases, 10 of which were identified on Thursday, with 16 people hospitalized for the virus at the time of the report.

A state dashboard showed none of the six ICU beds in the county, all of which are located at Adventist Health Sonora, were available as of Thursday. Four of the beds were reportedly occupied by patients with COVID-19, but the numbers had yet to be updated for Friday.

There have been less than five of the six ICU beds in the county available on any given day since Oct. 31, with the number available bouncing between zero and two since Nov. 17.

The county’s own COVID-19 data dashboard tracks the number of people hospitalized each day, but does not denote the availability of ICU beds.

One of the 73 cases reported on Friday was hospitalized, while two others who were isolating prior to Thursday were now hospitalized. The county’s total number of deaths remained at eight, with the most recent reported on Nov. 6.

There were 327 active cases being tracked and managed by the county Public Health Department as of Friday. The county’s total number of cases since the pandemic began was 981, with 686 of those all being part of the recent surge since Oct. 31.

The county Public Health Department noted that the Optum/LHI state testing site at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora will now be open seven days a week starting Friday and offering an increased number of appointments.

Making an appointment is strongly encouraged by the county Public Health Department and can be done at or by calling (888) 634-1123.

Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 768-5175.

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