UC Davis Health COVID-19 ICU Latest

Following the trend across the country, in Sacramento, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have fallen to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The average number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past week has fallen to 11,860 nationwide. A sharp drop from the peak of over 145,000 in January.

Following the trend across the country, in Sacramento, hospitalizations for COVID-19 have fallen to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic.

UC Davis Health recently announced that for the first time in two years, they have seen no COVID patients in their intensive care unit for two consecutive days. Following the news, ABC10 also checked in with other Sacramento-area hospitals to see how they were doing.

“The overall numbers are very good,” said Dr Parimal Bharucha, Dignity Health, pulmonary critical care physician. “It’s a significant improvement from a few weeks ago when it was crazy.”

Frontline healthcare workers breathe a sigh of relief as COVID-19 hospital admissions finally plunge to low levels, giving nurses, respiratory therapists, doctors and support staff a much needed break after two exhausting years.

“Now our intensive care unit is back to what it was two years ago – open, airy, full of life, so we’re so excited,” Bharucha said.

Bharucha is a pulmonary critical care physician at Dignity Health — working primarily for Mercy Hospital in Folsom as director of ICU and as chair of the department of medicine at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael.

“Mercy Hospital Folsom, we have no patients for two days for COVID in ICU and there is one patient in Mercy Hospital San Juan,” Bharucha said.

On Thursday, UC Davis Health announced that its intensive care unit was also COVID-free for two consecutive days. Toby Marsh, head of nursing and patient care, released a statement saying in part: ‘We hope the ICU numbers show sustained change.

Meanwhile, Dr Bharucha remains cautiously optimistic – encouraging everyone to stay vigilant.

“I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel,” Bharucha said. “In the same vein, I would say don’t let your guard down.”

ABC10 has also reached out to Kaiser Permanente and they said COVID cases are also declining at their Northern California hospitals.

However, they say the virus has not gone away in our communities and continue to urge everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and a reminder if they haven’t already.

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