State Public Health Officer Revokes Hospital Surge Order
This afternoon, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón revoked the state’s Hospital Surge Order which was issued on January 5, 2021, amid the urgent statewide crisis related to ICU capacity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order was intended to spread the COVID-19 burden across hospitals and ensure all patients received a high quality of care to prevent loss of life.
CDPH lifted the hospital surge order due to declining COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, test positivity, and transmission rates statewide. As community transmission decreased, the burden on the hospital system has also decreased with lower hospital admissions, lower levels of patients boarded in the emergency department, and shorter ambulance patient offload times.
The full revocation of the state’s hospital surge order is available here.