The Bay Area has also seen an increase in hospitalizations related to COVID-19, with Alameda County topping the list with 160 patients. Contra Costa County follows with 126, followed by Santa Clara County with 86.
North of Sacramento, Mercy General Hospital has set up a rescue tent in case it is overwhelmed by another spike in COVID-19 patients. It also has tents to test patients about to have surgery, with the aim of reducing exposure to other patients.
The pandemic is once again weighing down healthcare providers.
“Is it getting easier for us?” No. It’s a pandemic I’ve never seen, ”nurse Catherine Kennedy told the KCRA in Sacramento. “I’ve been in this for 41 years. I have lived through AIDS, I have experienced Ebola. But it really took a toll on everyone. Nurses, doctors, we are all exhausted. “
While more than 61% of Californians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the vaccination rate is slowing in the state, still below 9% of the target of 70% vaccinated. Doctors and scientists believe this is the magic number needed to achieve herd immunity.