State Spent Nearly $200 Million Setting Up Field Hospitals To Treat COVID PatientsCalifornia spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state’s worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter, forcing exhausted hospital workers to treat patients in tents and cafeterias.
Surging COVID Cases Forces State To Bypass Tough Nurse Care RulesNerissa Black was already having a hard time tending to four COVID-19 patients who need constant heart monitoring. But because of staffing shortages affecting hospitals throughout California, her workload recently increased to six people infected with the coronavirus.
Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations Derive From Thanksgiving Week InfectionsICU capacity in the Bay Area was down to 3.5% on Thursday. Public health officials said they expected the drop because they’ve now discovered that coronavirus infections follow a predictable timeline.
COVID Surge: Santa Clara County Officials Say Case Spike Is Stretching Health System To 'Breaking Point'Health officials in Santa Clara County painted a grim picture Wednesday of overwhelmed hospitals and staff fighting to save the lives of a growing number of arriving coronavirus patients struggling to breathe.
COVID SURGE: State Orders Elective Surgery Delays In SoCal For Overwhelmed HospitalsWith hospitals overwhelmed by the surge of COVID cases, state health officials have ordered that doctors delay nonessential “and non-life threatening” surgeries in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley to free up beds to be used to treat those suffering from being infected by the virus.
COVID: Post-Holiday Surge Strains Hospitals As Protracted Stay-At-Home Order Strains Bay Area BusinessesAs public health officials grapple with a post-holiday surge in coronavirus cases, regional stay-at-home orders for the Bay Area will remain in place indefinitely until the strain on the healthcare system is relieved.
COVID-19 Surge: Bay Area Hospitals Facing Critical Shortage Of Nurses, Medical ProfessionalsAs the winter coronavirus surge puts increasing pressure on California's healthcare system, the state is now worried about a possible shortage of medical professionals.
COVID Vaccines Arrive, Bay Area Hospital Begins Giving Doses On TuesdayThe first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived at hospitals across the Bay Area on Monday.
COVID Hospitalizations: Santa Clara, San Mateo County Hospitals Prepared Early For SurgeA new COVID-19 shutdown order will go into effect in five Bay Area counties next week, but four counties, including San Mateo and Santa Clara, will remain open. South Bay health officials say they are prepared for a surge.
Reopening: SF Unveils Medical Facility In Presidio For Surge; 'Situation With COVID-19 Is Serious'With COVID-19 cases on the rise, San Francisco health officials announced Thursday they would be opening up a continuing mediccal care facility in the Presidio to allow more beds to be freed up in local hospitals to handle the surge.
California 'Surge' Hospitals Are Costly, But How Much?With coronavirus cases rising fast, California is planning to keep open several makeshift hospitals that have seen few patients but cost a bundle.
Coronavirus Update: Santa Clara Hospitals Launch Study Using 'Convalescent Plasma' To Treat COVID-19 PatientsHealth officials announced Tuesday that three Santa Clara County hospitals have begun a study in conjunction with Mayo Clinic to measure the impact of using convalescent plasma therapy to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients.
Coronavirus Update: Expert Says Drop In Admissions Straining Bay Area Hospital BudgetsTo prepare for a projected surge in coronavirus patients, San Francisco Bay Area hospitals were told to put other medical procedures on hold. But those patients never appeared and now hospitals are dealing with financial fallout of having so many empty beds.
California Hospitals Cite $14 Billion In Losses During Coronavirus Pandemic, Seek AidCalifornia hospitals have suffered as much as $14 billion in losses by postponing elective surgeries and other procedures.
Norcal Rural Counties Press Newsom To Reopen As Bay Area Extends Stay At Home Order Through MayOfficials from six rural counties and 14 small cities in Northern California have asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to let them reopen their economies.