COVID-19
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Current Status of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County

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Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Hospitalization Projections

For current information on hospital usage including ICU beds, please visit the California COVID-19 Hospital data page.

This model is produced by CDPH. For more information, please see https://calcat.covid19.ca.gov/cacovidmodels/.

Why We Forecast Hospitalizations

We all rely on our hospitals to take care of us when we are very ill. If a hospital gets too full, it doesn’t have enough space or staff to care for everyone.

So, it is important to keep track of how many people are staying in a hospital at one time. It is also important to use our forecasts to predict when hospitals might get too full.

When our hospitals start to get too full, we need to take actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tracking and forecasting how many people are in our hospitals help us SAVE Lives in our community.

This model is produced by CDPH. For more information, please see https://calcat.covid19.ca.gov/cacovidmodels/.

Rt: COVID-19 Spread in Our Community

The Effective Reproductive Number, shown here as “Rt” helps us understand how fast COVID-19 is spreading in our community. For COVID-19, RRt tells us the average number of people who will contract this disease from each infected person.

For example, if Rt equals 1, each existing infection causes one new infection. An Rt equal to 1 means the disease will stay present and stable in our community.

If Rt is less than 1, each existing infection causes less than one new infection. Therefore, if Rt stays below 1, spread of the disease declines and it eventually leaves the community.

When Rt is more than 1, each existing COVID-19 infection causes more than one new infection. The disease will be transmitted between more and more people and the spread of the disease is growing. If Rt stays greater than 1, it can lead to many challenges, including hospitals not being able to care for everyone who gets sick.

Rt depends on people’s behavior, like wearing a mask or keeping social distance. This is why Rt can change over time. For example, in the plot around March 20th the COVID-19 value for Rt in our county was probably about 2. Then, when many people stayed home through April and May, Rt dropped below 1.

This model is produced by CDPH. For more information, please see https://calcat.covid19.ca.gov/cacovidmodels/.

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This dashboard is updated every Monday and Thursday.

Case numbers are an accumulation of cases reported to the Local Health Jurisdiction, and are recorded by episode date. Total known cases of COVID-19 will fluctuate due to adjustments such as jurisdiction transfers and routine data cleaning, which may involve the resolution of existing cases (i.e., probable cases either confirmed or invalidated). Cases will continue to be monitored and are likely to be adjusted further.

Disclaimer: Due to known data delays in COVID-19 reporting systems, data is preliminary and modeling is subject to change.

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