Santa Clara County hospitals are ‘stable’ amid Omicron boom


As COVID-19 cases continue to rise higher than ever before the highly contagious Omicron version, local health officials say hospital bed capacity remains stagnant, with the biggest challenge being staff shortages.

California health officials reported more than 230,000 new cases on Tuesday after a long holiday weekend, more than doubling in a single day since the start of the pandemic.


Communities in the Bay Area are also seeing an increase in oomicron-positive cases, but despite the fact that the variant is “highly contagious,” the percentage of positive patients who are hospitalized is much lower than for previous variants, Dr. Ahmed Kamal, director of health preparedness for the Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Center.

“We haven’t really seen an impact on the total bed capacity last December and last January,” Kamal said, “so the number of beds available seems to be pretty stable. And the same is true for ICU beds and non-ICU beds.”


Santa Clara County As of 4 January, 68 ICU beds were available. The county reported 278 positive or suspected COVID-19 cases, with 62 suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients in the ICU. ICU bed availability in the county was about 15%, including patients hospitalized for illnesses other than COVID-19.

Kamal said first responders and hospital staff are getting the virus and making staff at hospitals “a challenge every day”.

Kamal said, “It is definitely one of the biggest risks, employee absenteeism, because as COVID spreads in the community, health workers are also getting it and calling the sick from work. Huh.” “Staffing is a big challenge that the health system is realizing. Hospitals are working creatively to increase the amount of staff available to them.”


Health officials said the vaccination has saved some people from becoming seriously ill and helped keep them out of hospital.

“The vaccine still provides considerable protection against serious illness and hospitalization,” Kamal said. “And that’s especially true if you have a booster, so we’re encouraging everyone eligible to get a booster to ensure the maximum level of protection for them and their families.”

Here’s a look at the local hospitalization data From 17 to 23 December.


Stanford Health Care, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford

Adult patient beds occupied: 672
Inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 28
Percentage of patient beds used: 100%
Percentage of inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 4.17%
ICU beds occupied: 100
ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 13.4
Percentage of ICU beds used: 94.34%
Percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 12.64%

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 751 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose

Adult patient beds occupied: 454.9
Inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 27
Percentage of patient beds used: 75.56%
Percentage of inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 4.49%
ICU Bed Occupation: 61.1
ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 10.7
Percentage of ICU beds used: 69.43%
Percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 12.16%

El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View

Adult patient beds occupied: 215
Inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 12.9
Percentage of inpatient beds used: 56.58%
Percentage of inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 3.39%
ICU Bed Occupation: 17.9
ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: N/A
Percentage of ICU beds used: 55.94%
Percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: N/A

Good Samaritan Hospital, 2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose

Occupation of inpatient beds: 202.9
Inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 11.7
Percentage of patient beds used: 59.68%
Percentage of inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 3.44%
ICU Bed Occupation: 24.6
ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: N/A
Percentage of ICU beds used: 66.49%
Percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: N/A

Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Santa Clara, 700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara

Occupation of inpatient beds: 247.6
Inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 23.7
Percentage of patient beds used: 91.06%
Percentage of inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 8.72%
ICU Bed Occupation: 34.3
ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 5
Percentage of ICU beds used: 99.71 percent
Percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 14.53%

Regional Medical Center of San Jose, 225 N. Jackson Ave., San Jose

Occupation of inpatient beds: 166.1
Inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 12
Percentage of patient beds used: 86.51%
Percentage of inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 6.25%
ICU Bed Occupation: 30
ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 5.3
Percentage of ICU beds used: 100.0%
Percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 17.67%

Kaiser Foundation Hospital-San Jose, 250 Hospital Parkway, San Jose

Patient beds occupied: 142.4
Inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 21.6
Percentage of patient beds used: 90.76 percent
Percentage of inpatient beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 13.77%
ICU Bed Occupation: 15.6
ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 4.3
Percentage of ICU beds used: 90.17 percent
Percentage of ICU beds used by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients: 24.86%