State, county in talks over ICU benchmarks

UPDATE—Mike Power, County of Ventura executive officer, believes the benchmark set by the state for ICU bed availability isn’t practical. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

One of the six requirements for counties to get off the state’s COVID watchlist and reopen is the ability to demonstrate that they have a sufficient number of intensive care unit beds for patients who need the most medical attention.

Despite Ventura County never having more than 25 COVID patients in the ICU at one time sinc...

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