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

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East Alabama Medical Center nurse Mary Ann Turner, right, teaches travel nurse Amber Smallwood of Opp, Ala., how to work the computer system in the seventh floor COVID-19 unit Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Opelika, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

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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Santa Rosa police chief raises alarm over short staffing, low morale in officer corps

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Santa Rosa’s police department is understaffed, suffering from low morale and struggling to deal with critical public perception of law enforcement, the city’s top officer, Chief Ray Navarro, told council members and administrators this week in a wide-ranging discussion about public safety priorities in the coming year.

Navarro said mandatory overtime needed to fill key shifts and sustain service levels has strained his ranks over the past several years, during which officers have had to respond to numerous emergencies, including the October 2017 firestorm.

Department members also are recoiling, he said, from a nationwide outcry over cases of police brutality and racial injustice. Large protests this summer in Santa Rosa saw dozens of demonstrators arrested — mostly local residents on misdemeanors offenses — and resulted in injuries to at least seven people who have filed legal claims against the city.

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