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On Bay Area’s busiest COVID ward, ‘doom and gloom’ returns but more hope for second wave of patients – The Mercury News

Bay Area hospitals are experiencing a surge of COVID patients. But doctors and nurses have learned so much since the first wave hit in the spring that many patients…



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SAN JOSE — In the Emergency Department at East San Joses Regional Medical Center, beds spill into the corridors. The waiting room is nearly full and, as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic surges, so is the COVID ward on the second floor.
In the Intensive Care Unit during Thanksgiving week, patient after patient in glass-walled rooms lay sedated, thick ventilator tubes running down their throats — a grim scene at the Bay Areas hardest hit hospital. And perhaps nobody better represents the…

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