COVID-19 UPDATE From The Contra Costa County Health Department

November 21, 2020 11:56 am · 30 comments

Contra Costa County COVID-19 data as of Saturday Nov.21, 2020:

  • Total cases (since March) – 22,412
  • Total active confirmed cases – 1,876
  • Recovered cases – 20,278
  • Total tested – 565,683
  • Deaths – 258 (nobody under 30 years old) (131 deaths in nursing homes)

Contra Costa County COVID-19 Hospital Data:

  • COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized – 71 (22 in the ICU)
  • Available ICU beds – 37
  • Available ventilators – 190


Contra Costa County COVID-19 data as of Friday Nov.20, 2020:

  • Total cases (since March) – 22,191
  • Total active confirmed cases – 1,837
  • Recovered cases – 20,097
  • Total tested – 561,345
  • Deaths – 257 (nobody under 30 years old) (130 deaths in nursing homes)

Contra Costa County COVID-19 Hospital Data:

  • COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized – 68 (26 in the ICU)
  • Available ICU beds – 38
  • Available ventilators – 188

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Original G November 21, 2020 at 1:54 PM

Deaths – Nobody Under 30 Years Old


Russ Sayin November 21, 2020 at 2:30 PM

I think 1 statistic that people overlook when they are brushing off these numbers is the “patients currently hospitalized”. People can view the numbers and say “oh, we have x number of ICU beds and x number of Vents so we’re good”. But what people don’t think about is how many staff members (like me) care for the hospitalized patients. Round the clock care, plus ER staff, plus staff such as housekeeping and nutrition that have to go in the rooms. The risks of transmission is real, and the fact that such a small percentage of people die from this is little comfort when you’re the one that is ACTUALLY in the line of fire. Just sayin…..


Kirkwood November 21, 2020 at 2:53 PM

I’m grateful for your work and dedication. I spent a week in the hospital a couple weeks ago – for another ailment.

Fred P. November 21, 2020 at 3:38 PM

So half of the deaths are in nursing homes – and the polo shut down the ENTIRE economy.

How about some common sense limitations?

BernieM November 21, 2020 at 3:58 PM

Thanks for your hard work Russ 👍
It’s really frustrating that people don’t care, when it’s so easy to take precautions and keep the hospitalization numbers down.

ZZ November 21, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Anyone that chooses the medical profession should think about what they’re getting into BEFORE they sign up. Just sayin..

Mongoose November 21, 2020 at 4:55 PM

68 in hospital out of 1.125 million. How many are hospitalized for other problems… a break down please. Would you like some cheese with that whine. But at least you show up for work, unlike the teachers hiding under their desks.

Addlepate November 21, 2020 at 5:03 PM

True. Comes with territory, though, no? Was true before COVID and will be true after.

Hope you stay safe. My friend’s father died of COVID as a physician’s assistant, caught from treating a COVID patient.

Led November 21, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Thanks, Russ. You’re right, it’s where the rubber meets the road, and my understanding from friends in the field is that hospitals run at near capacity of ICU staff normally
It is a problem if you all of a sudden need twice as many or three or four times as many ICU staff.

I would have liked a lot more balance in our state’s approach, but it is a good reality check. We don’t want the hospitals to be stretched past the breaking point, for sure.

Winnie The Pooh November 21, 2020 at 5:47 PM

@ Russ Sayin

Well if where you work is short handed my husband is looking to work in a hospital. I have been hearing how hospitals are short staffed and yeah of course hospitals are because they aren’t hiring anyone. I’m in the medical field too and I know hospitals are cheap asses. Hence the reason y’all are short staffed and over worked. My father in law is a doctor and funny how he doesn’t say how serious this “virus” is. As a mom to three kids and working 40 hours a week I would say welcome to the being overwhelmed life. I’m sorry but looking at the numbers, CCC seems to be doing alright. Just sayin…..

Winnie The Pooh November 21, 2020 at 5:50 PM

@ BernieM

When are you going to realize people are stupid? Once you do then your type of comments will stop. But then again you’re probably the fool who says people don’t care but you’re the one on the road speeding. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Labor and Delivery RN November 21, 2020 at 6:35 PM

There are 3 ventilators on my labor and delivery unit that rarely get used. Their purpose is to be ready for the rare emergency. Those patients are then cared for by anesthesia staff then transfered to icu. I deliver babies, I do not run a ventilator. So yes we have more vents than beds in the ICU. We have more vents than qualified people to run them.

WC Resident November 21, 2020 at 10:07 PM

@Russ Sayin – I have long wondered what the staff does when you don’t have patients? If you have staff for 150 ICU beds but only have 30 patients then that seems like many idle hands.

I have noticed that the total number of ICU beds fluctuates. In the county charts there have been a low of 152 beds on 10/24/2020 and a high of 204 beds on 9/4 and 9/5. That’s quite a wide range. It appears they try to keep the ICU at about 75% capacity at all times. As the number of patients goes up and down the number of beds also goes up and down such that 25% of them are always available. The number of beds does not change immediately. For example, on 11/18 there were 126 patients (both COVID and non-COVID) in ICU out of 168 beds. That’s 75%. On 11/19 the number of patients jumped up by 12 (COVID went down by 1 and non-COVID went up by 13) to 138 but the number of ICU beds increased by 1 to 169 meaning the system was at 81.7% capacity. On 11/20 the number of patients dropped by 5 to 133 and the total beds increased by 2 to 171 putting the system at 77.8% capacity. We still don’t know the true upper capacity other that it’s hit 204 at times. You can see the 75% capacity thing at on the ICU Occupancy Rate (%) chart. The upper line remains at about 75% regardless of the rising and falling numbers of patients.

Thus we the public don’t know what the upper limit is. For all we know, Contra Costa County could support 1000 patients in ICU and that there would be 334 ICU beds available.

Russ Sayin November 22, 2020 at 8:03 AM

@WC Resident
I’m answer to your first question, whenever there is more staff than beds, the staff is usually asked to “flex off” (use vacation etc). This is a fairly universal concept not limited to the ICU.
To your other point, I’m not sure why the upper limit of ICU beds changes. It should be static. It’s not uncommon for a non-critical care patient to be in the ICU but treated with a non critical care nurse simply because of bed availability (or lack thereof) in other units. Others on Claycord could probably elaborate, but you can easily make an ICU bed a Med-Surg or Step Down bed, but it doesn’t work vice versa.
Other hospitals may have units that are readily convertible to higher levels of care, but I’m not sure which ones and how many.
Ideally a hospital would always have ICU beds available for any number of circumstances, but the units do get full from time to time, and then it becomes a juggling act.
Lastly, the number of ICU patients is very fluid. Within hospitals patients are constantly being upgraded and down graded, so to pin down an exact number at any time isn’t always that easy.

Patriot November 21, 2020 at 3:08 PM

There is WAY more damage being done to our society than done by this stupid effing virus.

CDC’s survival rate by age

0-19 99.997%
20-49 99.98%
50-69 99.5%
70 + 94.6%


Darwin November 21, 2020 at 5:08 PM

@ Patriot

Anon November 21, 2020 at 3:29 PM

When the Governor on New York is receiving an Emmy……you know the Fix is In!!!!

And Russ, All medical personnel know that there’s Always those who use the Emergency room for a Sniffle!!!

Very sad and telling about the Medical Professionals who have been censored for giving advice on how to beef up your immune system.
People are just tired of the LIES coming from talking heads in the media.


Led November 21, 2020 at 5:07 PM

He’s talking about intensive care, not the ER.

Aunt Barbara November 21, 2020 at 4:54 PM

One of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s children may have been exposed to the coronavirus at school and is in quarantine, a spokesman said Friday.


Winnie The Pooh November 21, 2020 at 5:51 PM

Oh well. It’s what they get because they ain’t even following his own rules.

The Fearless Spectator November 21, 2020 at 9:56 PM

A diversion tactic to get people’s attention off the French Laundry Caper.

MorganPirate November 21, 2020 at 5:27 PM

There are lies, then damned lies.

THEN there are statistics!

Every time I see numbers like these presented so obviously to make the read draw the sole conclusion the author wants them to reach I wonder.

IS the general population THAT dog stupid as to buy all that bilge at face value?


Sassy November 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Thank you for posting these updates again Mayor! ♥️


Kevin November 21, 2020 at 7:46 PM

really folks with the population of 1.1mil people in c.c. c. and those are the numbers! a pandemic? this illness( infectous pathagen) that everyone has been lead to beleive that it is new actualy has been here for the past 10 years.don’t get me wrong though any illness that effects the lungs if left untreated can turn into phomnia with can be very deadly


Literate November 21, 2020 at 10:09 PM

Reading this comment hurt my brain.

Anon November 21, 2020 at 10:51 PM

It’s all LIES, which is why they cannot even be consistent with their Stories.
What’s a shame is that the bootlicking sheep have bought into it hook, line & sinker. If the media comes out tomorrow with a story that says drinking toilet water builds up your resistance to covid………get ready to see a bunch of people at the toilet troughs like a bunch of cattle.

Antler November 22, 2020 at 5:29 AM

The Republican governors of the states of Utah, Iowa, North Dakota, and Ohio FINALLY have issued mandates saying that masks MIST be worn.

I think our Governor Newsome’s mistake might have been in easing up on restrictions too soon over Memorial Day, Fourth of July, certain close-proximity businesses, etc. ……. just to placate you whining, self-centered, clueless, selfish objectors out there. COVID appreciates your politically-tainted support and will keep ravaging others (maybe even YOU!) so long as you behave this way.


Led November 22, 2020 at 1:29 PM

Get off your high horse and do a little more reading – not in comment sections. Keeping whole sectors of the economy shut for many months isn’t harming “whiners”, it’s putting millions out of work and ruining their lives. Shutdown is not a long term solution, and never was. We didn’t reopen “too early”, we reopened (somewhat) because shutdowns can’t last forever. Even in Europe where most countries have much more trust of government than we do. Our gov failed to execute the supposed test/trace/isolate that we were supposedly waiting for them to set up. They had time. That wasn’t the problem.

Second, look at the city by city numbers. The hot spots are poorer places where people work service jobs and essential jobs that don’t allow them to stay home. You can stay home because an army of other people aren’t staying home.

Kentucky Derby November 22, 2020 at 5:22 PM

If masks were that effective, nobody would be getting sick. People are going to catch this whether they wear a mask or not. Whether or not they practice social distance and hand washing. Quit acting like it will all go away if everyone wears a mask. It won’t. And the people that say this would be over had we all worn masks are clueless.

Of course we should wear masks, social distance and hand wash. Unless you stay home by yourself 24/7/365 — you’re at risk.

Sunny November 22, 2020 at 7:55 AM

When they say “131 deaths in nursing homes” does it count deaths in the assisted living facilities?


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