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Sonoran Hospitals At 40% Capacity For Coronavirus Patients

Director of Epidemiology Dénica Cruz Loustaunau
Gobierno de Sonora
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Sonora Director of Epidemiology Dénica Cruz Loustaunau

Officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, have reported some encouraging data about the coronavirus pandemic in recent days, including fewer patients in need of hospital stays.

Just weeks ago, Sonoran officials announced that both private and public hospitals were running out of beds. Now hospitalizations have fallen.

"Hospitals are at about 40% capacity on average across the state," said Sonora's Director of Epidemiology Dénica Cruz during a press conference, later adding that there are about 350 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Tuesday.

Sonora also has reported fewer daily coronavirus deaths in recent days.

But Cruz emphasized that the state still has a high positivity rate, with more than 40% of coronavirus tests coming back positive, an indicator that Sonora is still experiencing widespread community transmission of the virus.

Until the testing positivity rate is at 5% or lower, she said, Sonora can't consider its coronavirus outbreak under control.

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Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.