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No Second Surge Yet, But Local Hospitals Prepare Just In Case - COVID-19 Update For Nov. 6

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Adventist Health Hanford is the largest of Adventist's four hospitals in Fresno, Kings and Tulare Counties.

Nearly eight months in, the COVID-19 pandemic is still looking grim: Nationwide, the virus has killed more than 230,000 people, and this week, for the first time, more than 100,000 cases were reported in a single day. Twice.

Although California has so far avoided the surge afflicting other parts of the country, we wanted to know: Are hospitals here ready for a second surge? How are they preparing? For this week’s COVID-19 update, we learn how local hospital systems are grappling with the possibility of a second surge, featuring excerpts from conversations with Teri Bogges, director of infection prevention with Adventist Health Central Valley, and Thomas Utecht, chief medical officer of Community Medical Centers. 

Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties (note that some numbers may have changed between the interview and publication):

As of Nov. 5: 

For comparison, as of Oct. 29: 

  • 1,474 deaths out of 106,790 cases
  • 242 people hospitalized and 62 in ICUs
  • In the last week, 23 people succumbed to the disease
  • Average cases reported daily in the last week: 322

You can always find up-to-date information for your county here.


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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