As Bakersfield's hospitals fill up with COVID-19 patients, the work of the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and others who care for the sick has become exhausting and overwhelming. With COVID-19 raging throughout Kern County, these workers describe arriving to work each day to find more patients in beds, who are sicker than their typical hospital patients and suffering alone with no family by their side.
These frontline workers spend 12 or more hours tending to patients, fielding calls from loved ones wanting updates, rushing to help crashing patients and sometimes holding a hand as a last breath is exhaled. Then they go home, often still thinking about their patients or mentally preparing to see their families, stripping out of scrubs in the garage and heading straight to the shower, trying to hide from any small children who might run in for a hug or kiss too soon.
Positive Cases Among Kern Residents: 20,651
Positive Cases Among Non-Residents: 10
Recovered Residents: 5,752
Number of Negative Tests: 109,069
Number of Pending Tests*: 625
Updated: 8/03/2020. Source: Kern County Public Health Services Department
*As reported by community healthcare providers.
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