California hospital admissions are approaching record for pandemic

As an astonishing sign of the heavy burden California hospitals are facing this winter, the state’s total number of hospital admissions is approaching the peak of last winter’s COVID-19 increase for all reasons, although there are some signs that the increase in coronavirus positive patients may begin to ebb.

At the end of last week, California had an average of 52,000 people daily in its hospitals for all reasons. The count includes patients who were hospitalized not only for coronavirus-related causes but also for other reasons, such as car collisions and cancer.

That number is higher than this summer’s Delta rise, which peaked at 50,000 admissions, according to data from the state Department of Public Health reviewed by The Times.

California’s pandemic record of 55,000 people hospitalized daily for all reasons was reached last winter and averaged over a seven-day period.

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