Alameda Hospitals Plead For Community To Follow COVID-19 Guidelines Amid Surge

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Alameda County hospital leaders are pleading with the community to wear masks to help take pressure off the medical system, following another spike in hospitalizations from COVID-19

Hospitalizations have recently doubled in the county, and while some patients are recovering and being discharged, just as many are being admitted. 

“While we have capacity within our facilities and we are prepared to support the demand, we very much don’t take it lightly – where our numbers are now – because we’ve seen in other cities and other areas how that can grow quite exponentially,” said Delvecchio Finley, CEO of the Alameda Health System

Finley told KCBS Radio that they are once again having to closely monitor their supplies of personal protective equipment, and they are considering cancelling elective surgeries for patients with chronic conditions. 

“We have been fortunate in our ability to restore many of these services, but it is very tenuous right now,” Finley said. “And so, we really want to encourage everyone to protect yourselves, protect each other. We’re all in this together.” 

COVID-19 is widespread in @AlamedaCounty. In order to be removed from the State’s Monitoring List and move forward with a safer reopening, we all need to: wear face masks outside our homes, maintain social distance, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick.

— Alameda County Public Health Department (@Dare2BWell) July 30, 2020

Finley is asking everyone to step up their pandemic precautions, wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines and wash their hands. 

Alameda County once again has the most coronavirus cases in the Bay Area.