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Northern Calif. hospitals on the virus front lines

Northern California health officials are hopeful as encouraging data shows progress in fighting the ongoing COVID-19 surge. But they say the region must not let its guard down. (Jan. 14) October 18, 2006 -//IPTC//DTD NITF 3.4//EN Northern California health officials are hopeful as encouraging data shows progress in fighting the ongoing COVID-19 surge. But they say the region must not let its guard down. (Jan. 14) RESTRICTION SUMMARY: ASSOCIATED PRESS San Jose, California - 13 January 2021 1. Various ambulances outside hospital emergency room entrance 2. Emergency room entrance ++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++ 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Sanjay Kurani, Medical Director, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: "We're seeing a few things right now. Number one, we do have the vaccines coming out and as to the effect of those. that's going to take a little bit of time. But as we look at the data and we look at the hospitalizations, specifically inpatient hospitalizations that are not ICU, we are seeing some softening there. Now as to how that will translate out to the ICU, a lot of times that lags a little bit. So we are optimistic, cautiously optimistic, I think is the word." 4. Hallway leading to intensive care unit 5. Various nurses caring for patients inside ICU 6. Nurse walks out of ICU room ++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++ 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Lorenz, CEO, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: "This is not the time to let your guard down. In fact, what we want to do is get ahead of it and make sure that, you know, we're comfortable with our staffing levels, our resources, and that all patients entering the hospitals get the care that they deserve. People are tired. Staff are tired, That's the reality of what we're facing. If you think about the time period, one year, the fact of the matter is that, you know, that's a lot of time, which you're dealing with a very tragic situation in terms of dealing with patients that are frankly in desperate need of help, but also, frankly, not doing well." ASSOCIATED PRESS Gilroy, California - 13 January 2021 8.Various nurses and doctors working in the ICU AT Saint Louise Regional Hospital (also run by SCVMC) 9. ICU staff work on computers 10. Custodian cleans ICU room 11. Nurse holds patient's arm ASSOCIATED PRESS San Jose, California - 13 January 2021 ++SOUNDITE PARTIALLY COVERED++ 12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Sanjay Kurani, Medical Director, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: "When patients are dying, usually we have a large amount of family and …