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Orange County preparing medical resources for projected surge of coronavirus cases

Expecting a spike in cases of COVID-19 within two to four weeks, Orange County healthcare officials said they are marshaling available resources now to ensure hospitals have enough beds for ill people and healthcare workers have vital equipment and supplies. All hospitals in the county have been asked to activate their existing “surge plans,” which gives the county a total of 5,376 beds, and a decision is expected within days on whether more capacity will be added at the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, county Director of Public Health David Souleles said on Tuesday, March 31. The hospitals have been running at 65% to 67% full and most have canceled elective procedures, so “significant capacity” remains available, Souleles said at a press conference. But he and county Supervisor Andrew Do cautioned residents they still need to stay home for the near future to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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