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Why intensive-care unit beds are focus of coronavirus shutdowns

Orange County Register, Dec 9, 2020

December 9, 2020

Why intensive-care unit beds are focus of coronavirus shutdowns

At UC Irvine Medical Center, in Orange, all but two of the 68 ICU beds were taken on Wednesday morning — 34 with the coronavirus, 32 without. The hospital, however, still had some room to flex, said spokesman Tom Vasich. “We have capability to double our ICU bed capacity,” Vasich said, “and have enough ventilators to staff them if needed.”