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COVID surge: Marin County prepared as ICU beds fill

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MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Marin County has reached ICU capacity, according to the Marin County Public Health Department, but they assert that they are prepared for this.

Data from December 14 shows 0% of available ICU beds in the county. But health officer Dr. Matt Willis told KRON4 on Wednesday that Marin County has nearly 60 extra ICU beds in case of a significant surge.

The county is expecting to receive its allotted doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. The first person in the Bay Area has already been vaccinated, Dr. Antonio Gomez who works at SF General hospital.

Marin County is currently in a stay-at-home order that has been in effect for a week.

Most indoor activities are banned: Movie theatres, museums, bars, hair salons, and barbershops plus more personal services are shutdown.

Shopping centers will be limited to just 20% capacity indoors, and restaurants will only be able to offer takeout or delivery.

15.8% of ICU beds remain available across the Bay Area, according to the data. To enact a region-wide stay at home order, the Bay Area will have to drop to 15% capacity.

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