Dear Sacramento: Please, stay home for the holidays. I am making this plea because I’ve seen what can happen if you don’t. I’m a Sacramento Emergency Medicine doctor who volunteered in New York City after COVID-19 devastated that city. Now I’m watching the cases in Sacramento double every two weeks as our healthcare infrastructure nears a breaking point. I’m asking you to stay home because I don’t want to see any more preventable death. I care about you and your loved ones, and I know healthcare providers like myself need your help. Thanksgiving gatherings and quarantine fatigue have poured gasoline on the flames of the pandemic. Sacramento County recorded 280 cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 7 and 1,183 cases on Dec. 7. Nearly all of the hospitals in the Sacramento area are near or at capacity and have enacted surge plans that include opening up new Intensive Care Units, pulling staff from non-emergent services to COVID-19 units and canceling surgeries.