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Summer COVID-19 surge taxing for Sonoma County hospitals

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Near the parking garage and adjacent to the Emergency Department entrance at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center and Medical Offices, surge tents were re- installed as a precaution for the recent COVID-19 surge, Wednesday, August 25, 2021. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2021

Hospitalizations in Sonoma County related to the coronavirus nearly doubled in the past month, straining local hospitals as the powerful delta variant continues spreading mainly among those who have yet to be vaccinated.

But there are hopeful signs the summer surge of COVID-19 infections and subsequent hospitalizations is starting to peak.

If that proves to be the case in the coming days and weeks, it would be a welcome relief among local hospital workers who have had a taxing summer.

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