Note to California hospitals: Short-term staffing help now available as coronavirus cases surge

6 January 2021

Petaluma Valley Hospital and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital are among the first hospitals getting outside nursing help via Sacramento to deal with escalating staffing shortages as COVID-19 cases surge throughout California.

As of Sunday, the number of hospitalizations statewide due to confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases increased by nearly 500 from the day before, according to the state, further demonstrating the dire need for more staffing, including in the North Bay’s hospitals.

The state Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in a Jan. 3 press release said California’s Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System — most often used in response to wildfires, floods and other natural emergencies — on Dec. 30 deployed 16 firefighter paramedics and six firefighter EMT’s to UC Irvine Medical Center, Kern Adventist Health, Barstow Community Hospital and the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital.

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