The COVID Crisis in Rural Hospitals

Fifth & Mission show

Summary: A year and a half into the pandemic, hospitals in Northern California's rural counties are running out of room, stricken with a contagious delta variant and communities with low vaccination rates. Patients are suffering. Doctors and nurses are exhausted and pleading with the public to get the shots before it's too late. On this episode of the Fifth & Mission podcast, Chronicle reporter Shwanika Narayan tells host Demian Bulwa how bad the surge is getting in these places, and Dr. Stephanie Dittmer, a physician in Humboldt County, describes being right in the middle of it.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit