Sacramento Hospitals Reflect on COVID Patient Surge

An alarming surge in coronavirus cases since June in Sacramento is sending a record number of patients to local hospitals and hastening questions many feared: Are hospitals ready? How much can they handle?

“It’s intimidating,” Dr. David Witt, national infectious disease leader for Kaiser Permanente, acknowledged last week. Kaiser runs three hospitals in the Sacramento area and is seeing a sudden rise in patients. “How high the (surge) ceiling is, we don’t know yet.” (