As COVID-19 Numbers Grow, Monterey Area Hospitals Find Ways to Cope

Patrick Dunne’s first night on April 29 as a Covid-19 patient at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital was, in a word, “terrifying,” Dunne says. “I didn’t know which way it could go.”

Nurses dressed in their “space suits,” as he describes their personal protective equipment, were by his side constantly over the four nights and five days he was hospitalized. They made sure he was getting enough oxygen so he could properly breathe and checked the fluids he was receiving and made sure his vitals remained stable.

“The people were super and very dedicated,” says Dunne, a 75-year-old Salinas resident who recently retired as president of Palma School. “If it wasn’t for them I may not have made it so I’m very thankful.”  (