A week ago, the Bay Area’s COVID-19 intensive care unit bed availability plunged to less than 8%. On Monday, it was less than 1% and dropping.
San Francisco General Hospital’s top emergency doctor said he’s never seen the situation this bad. COVID-19 cases are overwhelming both the ICU and hospital staff and forcing them to find new places for all the patients.
As of Monday, there were 63 COVID-19 beds taken at the hospital and 11 of those patients were in intensive care.
“The numbers have never been higher,” San Francisco General Hospital Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Christopher Colwell said. “We’ve never had more patients in the hospital fighting COVID than we have right now.”
Colwell said nearly every COVID-19 bed is full and