This is a change in direction for Mercy Downtown and Mercy Southwest from early May. Dignity health said they are evaluating on “day-to-day basis” the statement reads “Making this temporary change allows us to maintain the safety of our hospitals and dedicate our valuable resources to care for our most urgent needs, including our COVID-19 patients.” They also urged Kern county residents to “exercise extreme caution and avoid large gatherings, wash hands, wear a mask in public, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick and avoid touching your face.”
Dignity wouldn’t release the numbers of people in the hospitals or if they were full but did say they were “close but still have capacity”
As of Tuesday evening there where 211 COVID-19 patients in Kern County hospitals, that’s more than double the amount from a month ago. Sixty of those patients are in intensive care.