Although Valley-area hospitals are far more prepared for the Omicron surge than previous waves, challenges remain due to Omicron’s highly contagious nature.  

Dr. Larry Kidd is the chief clinical officer and chief nurse executive at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia. He reported as of Jan. 10, the hospital is seeing about a 25 percent decrease in hospitalized patients compared to that same date last year, when the last significant surge occurred. 

“The numbers are still significant,” Kidd wrote in a follow up email.

Read the full story in the Jan. 17 issue of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.