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California Healthcare Workers Share Experiences from COVID's Frontline

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Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas.  (Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

As of Friday, more than 9000 Californians are hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 — a state record more than 90 percent higher than two weeks ago, according to state public health data. For healthcare workers who treat very sick COVID patients, the surge is  taking a particularly hard toll. We’ll hear from medical professionals about their experiences and reflections on the frontlines of COVID care in California.

Guests:

Amy Arlund, registered nurse, Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center

Parimal Bharucha, pulmonary critical care specialist, Dignity Health in Sacramento County<br />

Mawata Kamara, registered nurse, Alameda Health System's San Leandro Hospital

Alex McDonald, family medicine specialist, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in San Bernardino County

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