(AUDIO) HUMBOLDT WAITING: Austin Allison and James Ladika, St. Joe’s medical staff, on hospital life during COVID | Lost Coast Outpost

James Ladika (left) and Austin Allison

Austin and James hold on

When we started recording “Humboldt Holding Up” in April 2020, as a way to check in with local people during the pandemic, we certainly didn’t think we would still be there sixteen months later. Like many people, we thought maybe things would be better now.

But with the Delta variant, COVID continues to ravage our community. August was the deadliest month in the pandemic that Humboldt has known.

In this week’s episode of Humboldt Holding Up, we’re joined by two people who work at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka – former Eureka City Council member Austin Allison, a surgical technologist, and James Ladika, a registered nurse – discussing the frightening reality of working on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Topics covered include:

  • The impacts COVID has had on hospital resources and forced to delay surgeries and other types of care
  • The mental and emotional toll of the pandemic on healthcare workers
  • Videos posted by COVID patient Linda Urbina and the hope others will share their stories
  • A plea for people to be vaccinated!
  • Following

Click on the audio player above to listen to Allison and Ladika’s conversation with the Outpost’s Stephanie McGeary and Andrew Goff or click on Apple Podcasts. And if you’d like to take an audio journey through former Humboldt Holding Up guests, see below.


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