“Today we have 122 patients in our hospitals including 22 in intensive care units, they are Covid patients,” said Dr Ghazala Sharieff, chief acute care physician at Scripps Health. “To prepare for this, on June 14, before the state opened everything, we only had 14 COVID-19 patients in Scripps. “
According to the latest report from San Diego County, the total number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations reached 407 on Tuesday.
Sharieff says the increase is starting to complicate the hospital’s ability to recruit more staff.
“The staff are tired,” Sharieff said. “We had staff who wanted to take a few days off, we have staff who take extra shifts. It is a personnel problem throughout the region. “
A personnel problem, Michael Kennedy, a registered nurse at UC San Diego Health, knows it all too well.
“I’ve seen nurses retire early because they were tired of being constantly understaffed and overworked,” Kennedy said.
Hospital staff say even traveling nurses who at one point wanted to come to San Diego to work are no longer taking jobs.
“There really is fatigue among healthcare workers, unfortunately,” Sharieff said.
Exhausted and exhausted with no end in sight. They are begging the public to do their part.
“We really need everyone to bond at home,” Sharieff said. “Wear your mask, get the shot, get away and do your part or we’ll have to go back to where we were before and we really don’t want to do that. “