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“The Storm Has Definitely Hit” – Fresno ER Doctor On Rising COVID-19 Cases

Patil Armenian / Community Regional Medical Center
Dr. Patil Armenian is an emergency medical physician and toxicologist at Community Regional Medical Center and a faculty member at the UCSF Fresno School of Medicine.

Earlier this spring, even as hospital workers received new guidance for personal protective equipment and learned to strip off their work clothes before entering their homes, Dr. Patil Armenian, an emergency physician at Community Regional Medical Center and UCSF Fresno, told KVPR that the experience felt like “the calm before the storm.”


Four months later, as hospitals across the Valley and California approach their capacities, Dr. Armenian says the ER is becoming more and more crowded—and that COVID-19 isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. In this interview, she discusses new changes to CRMC’s ER, including an outdoor screening tent and iPads for video chatting with patients, as well as why more people are coming to the emergency rooms for reasons other than COVID-19.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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