Los Angeles Times: National guard activated to assist beleaguered hospitals in rural California

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Three California hospitals, two in Bakersfield and one in Redding, are receiving assistance from the National Guard amidst another surge of Covid-19 hospitalizations. These hospitals, like many others nationwide, are facing staffing shortages. Rural parts of California are facing intense COVID-19 surges, and their population vaccination rates lag behind that of the rest of the state. Bakersfield Memorial had 96% occupancy in the past week. Approximately 43.2% of Kern County residents are fully vaccinated. 
 
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