As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the Bay Area, some of the biggest peaks are in Santa Clara County in the south.
Gilroy’s only hospital is struggling to meet demand, and on Monday, community leaders issued an alert and tried to explain the peak-while begging people to redouble their efforts to prevent this spread.
At Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, the intensive care unit (ICU) is full, and on average they have to transfer one or two patients to other hospitals every day.
Gloria dela Merced (Gloria dela Merced) said: “We are starting to cancel elective surgery so that nurses in our surgical department can now help in the ICU, emergency room and emergency room.”
But this is not enough, the ICU is full, and transfer to other hospitals has become a daily activity-sometimes even to another county. Now some subacute patients are being transferred to Morgan Hill’s Debao Health Center.
Merced said: “This really helps relieve the burden on patients who are stable enough to be discharged but cannot go home.”
Gilroy and Morgan Hill have more medical records than almost anywhere else in the county, which is why the beds are made fast. but why?
“We know that there are many factors leading to the increase in cases. One is population density, the number of people living in small spaces, and the other is their population and the proportion of people doing basic jobs,” said Maribel Martinez, a Santa Clara County News Officer .
Although only a quarter of the Latin American population is Latino, it accounts for nearly 52% of all common cases in the county.
This is why the head of community health sounded the alarm in Spanish and English on Monday, urging people in the area to stay home and wear masks on New Year’s Eve.