The CEOs of four hospitals in Monterey County held a joint news conference Wednesday to announce a COVID-19 call to action. As the number of hospitalized patients increases locally, the hospitals have put aside competition to emphasize the need for public assistance to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The opioid epidemic may not be in the spotlight these days, but it’s still very much present in our local community. Hospitals continue to see overdoses and the coronavirus pandemic is making the situation even worse.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz or Monterey counties, but local health officials are still preparing. Twelve counties in California have reported cases of the virus. On Wednesday, the first death occurred in the state.
As an old saying goes, the only things we can be certain about in life are death and taxes. Presumably, you wrapped up your taxes yesterday. That’s why today is designated National Healthcare Decisions Day.