By Marlee Ginter

WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Chimbee Joven knows the pain and struggle that comes with COVID-19.

“It’s really heartbreaking to see the patients being isolated when they’re so sick and they don’t get to see their loved ones,” said Joven.

Joven is a critical care nurse for Sutter Health. She’s seen patients fighting to survive the virus firsthand.

“It’s ultimately critical to have the ICU beds available in case the patient is dying,” said Joven.

Joven lives in Yolo County, which just landed on the state’s watchlist. The county reported nearly 40 new cases and two deaths in a single day. Meantime, it announced it had 0% capacity of ICU beds Wednesday, but managed to secure more by the end of the day.

“It’s kind of like saying, doing your repair job out on the streets when it’s so much better if you can do it at the repair shop,” said Joven.

Yolo County spokesperson Jenny Tan says the county is working with the state to secure more beds. They couldn’t specify how many ICU beds are available considering the number fluctuates with transfers and discharges.

“The county does have a process in place if the beds are taken up. We do have that process in place where they can go to another facility,” said Tan.

Tan says the county is also considering more enforcement if people or businesses aren’t complying with safety protocols.

“It could cost you money, it could lead to your business getting closed. We don’t want it to come to this point, obviously, we know everyone is struggling, but this is the public health and safety that we’re talking about, we are in a pandemic,” said Tan.

Joven worries for her co-workers stretched thin and for her patients that she’s desperate to help.

“Be compassionate. This is a real disaster,” said Joven.

Dignity Health, which operates Woodland Memorial in Yolo County, says it’s working with the public health department, the CDC, and other health systems to ensure patients can get to a facility with capacity.

Comments (2)
  1. XYZ says:

    I have been writing this since Day 1 (ex Microbio) – y’all have zero idea what’s causing the spikes, the testing tells you NOTHING. Why? The CDC states “If you test positive
    A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, there is a chance a positive result means that you have antibodies from an infection with a virus from the same family of viruses (called coronaviruses), such as the one that causes the common cold.” There is a >80% chance of that, those idiots at the CDC.

    UNLESS YOU FIX THE GDDMN TESTING, Y’ALL OPERATING IN THE DARK. Sheeesh, Fix the testing, THEN you’ll know what the #’s mean and MORE IMPORTANTLY WHERE IT’S BEING SEEDED. Common effing sense totatlly missing.

  2. XYZ says:

    WHEN THE NASAL SWAP IS OPENED TO BE INSERTED, THE PRIOR TESTEE, IF POSITIVE W OR W/O SYMPTOMS, HAVING JUST BEEN THERE CAUSES THE VIRUS TO BE AEROSOLIZED IN THE SURROUNDINGS, MASKS WORN BY THE PUBLIC ARE NOT MEDICAL GRADE, AND BY INSERTING THE OPENED NASAL SWAP, NOW EXPOSED TO THE CONTAMINATED AIR, INTO A TESTEE’S NOSE, JUST SEEDS THE DMN THING. YOU EFFING CDC IDIOTS. THAT’S ONE REASON WHY THE RISE IN TESTING CAUSES A RISE IN SERIOUS CASES. Y’ALL ARE SEEDING IT.

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