Hospitals, vaccination rollout face staffing crunch

By Marcy Axness, TME

It is “stressful” at Kern County hospitals this week, reported Matt Constantine on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Kern County’s director of public health told the board of supervisors that hospitals are “managing well” during the current surge of covid-19 cases, which is worse than the July surge, he said.

The arrival of a more contagious new variant of the coronavirus is converging with a staffing crisis. Of 620 beds available in the county’s ten acute-care hospitals, there is staff enough for only 190 of them, he…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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The checkmarks on this schedule, updated Wednesday, Jan. 6, on the KCPH Facebook page, show the status of the vaccine rollout. In just 24 hours, the ETA for Phase 1a/Tier 3 moved from January to February.

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