CA's top health official sees hospitalizations leveling off

A patient lies on a stretcher in a hallway near other patients in the overloaded Emergency Room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center amid a surge in COVID-19 patients in Southern California on January 5, 2021 in Apple Valley, California. (Photo by M

Much of California remains under a regional stay-at-home order as a result of an explosion in hospitalizations that left hospitals stretched to the limit. 

Still, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s top health officer Dr. Mark Ghaly said there is a sliver of hope, with hospitalizations leveling off in the last week and vaccinations about to shift into a higher gear.