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Northern California health care steps up with treatments, telehealth as coronavirus surges in 2020

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Dr. Gary Green, an infectious disease specialist at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital is the first to be vaccinated at the hospital against COVID-19, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2020

When the coronavirus landed early this year on U.S. shores, the North Bay made some notable news.

In February, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville became the first hospital in the country to have admitted a patient with respiratory symptoms that later was confirmed to have been the first COVID-19 case of unknown origin, now commonly understood to be community spread.

COVID-19 would go on to stress health care systems and their leaders like never before, as they focused on securing enough personal protective equipment and ventilators while clinicians worked around-the-clock to save patients from a foreign virus.

With no known treatment on the horizon, health care workers increasingly grew exhausted and anxious as their lives also were in peril, succinctly expressed in April by a local health care executive.

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