Tracking hospital capacity enables public health officials to gauge the ability of our health care system to treat severe cases of COVID-19 and handle a potential surge of patients. Data shown below is a snapshot of bed capacity across all San Francisco acute care hospitals. Because these data fluctuate on a daily basis due to patient transfers, test results, discharges, and deaths, they are only accurate at the moment hospitals provide the data.
There may still be beds available even when we’re seeing surge beds being used, because bed availability is the not the same across individual hospitals. Some hospitals may still have baseline beds available, while other hospitals have used all their baseline beds and are needing to use their additional surge beds. Read the data notes for more information.
The bed types shown in the dashboard:
- Acute Care beds treat patients with illnesses and injuries including recovery from surgeries.
- Intensive Care (or ICU) beds are for sicker patients in need of critical and life support services that can include the use of a ventilator.
- Surge beds are additional beds that a hospital can bring online to handle an influx of COVID-19 patients. Surge beds are not normally staffed or even equipped in non-urgent situations, but can be added as part of a hospital’s surge plan to provide inpatient care. These surge beds are not counted in the calculation of ICU and Acute Care beds available; surge bed availability is reported separately.
Hospital capacity shown here is for all San Francisco acute care hospitals combined. There may still be beds available even when we’re seeing surge beds being used, because bed availability is the not the same across individual hospitals. Some hospitals may still have baseline beds available, while other hospitals have used all their baseline beds and are needing to use their additional surge beds.
Patients hospitalized at Laguna Honda Hospital and Kentfield Hospital San Francisco are excluded from the overall bed count since those sites neither admit acute patients nor have ICU beds.
Patients categorized as COVID-19 on this dashboard include those who either tested positive or are awaiting test results at the time the data was reported. “Other patients” include non-COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized for other reasons. Patients in surge beds are not broken out by COVID status, any occupied bed in surge is shown as "Occupied" on the dashboard.
Mutual aid transfers are included in this data. San Francisco has provided mutual aid to other counties by providing hospital care for COVID-19 patients transferred here from areas that have more limited hospital resources. When reporting certain metrics, such as the number of cases in San Francisco, transferred patients are not counted in the totals since they do not reflect the actual transmission of COVID-19 in San Francisco. However, they are counted in the hospital capacity metrics below since they using available hospital resources.
Data on surge bed utilization is presented from July 23 onward. Due to changes in the state’s COVID-19 Tracking Tool, prior data on surge utilization was reported differently and is therefore not comparable with current data available.