Doctors And Nurses Feel Burden As ICUs Fill With Coronavirus Patients | TODAY

published on July 13, 2020

HOT SPOTS AND THEY ARE PAINTING A VERY GRIM PICTURE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE ON THE INSIDE THIS MORNING AS CORONAVIRUS CASES SURGE NATIONWIDE, MANY HOSPITALS AND HOT SPOTS ARE DEALING WITH A PANDEMIC SHOWING

NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN IN HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS, WHICH HIT A RECORD 1,274 NEW CASES ON THURSDAY, HOSPITALS ARE INUNDATED WITH PATIENTS >> YOU SEE THESE WAREHOUSES OF

PEOPLE ON LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES, IT'S DIRE WHEN YOU'RE COUNTING HOW MANY VENTILATORS YOU HAVE LEFT, YOU HAVE TWO LEFT, SIX LEFT, THAT'S DIRE

>> Reporter: IN SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE NEW CASES HAVE NOW SURPASSED 56,000, NBC NEWS WAS GIVEN AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE A COVID ICU IN WEST COLUMBIA THE FLOOR QUICKLY APPROACHING

CAPACITY >> WHAT WE DECIDED IF YOU'RE OKAY WITH IT IS TO GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCE POSSIBLE AND TO PUT THAT BREATHING TUBE IN YOU OKAY?

>> Reporter: DR CAROL CHO MAKING THE DIFFICULT CHOICE TO PUT ANOTHER PATIENT ON A VENTILATOR HER THIRD INTUBATION IN ONE DAY >> WORKING IN THE COVID UNIT HAS

BEEN VERY EMOTIONALLY AND MENTALLY TAXING >> Reporter: IN HARD-HIT ARIZONA, MANY HOSPITALS IN PHOENIX ARE ALSO GRAPPLING WITH AN INFLUX OF NEW PATIENTS

>> WE'RE AT OVER 100% CAPACITY, IF THAT'S POSSIBLE EVERY PLACE THAT'S A POTENTIAL BED, WE HAVE A PERSON >> Reporter: DR MICHELLE ISIAK HAS BEEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF

THE PANDEMIC FOR MONTHS THE STATE REACHING AN ALARMING POSITIVITY RATE AND MORE THAN 322,000 CONFIRMED CASES >> IT'S INTENSE IT'S BUSY

THERE ARE SICK PEOPLE, WE'RE CONSTANTLY ON OUR GO MAKING QUICK DECISIONS, ACTING — TRYING TO ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR PATIENTS AND BEING SAFE

>> Reporter: IN FLORIDA THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY'S NEW SURGE IN CASES, TALLAHASSEE MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE HAS BEEN FORCED TO REOPEN ITS COVID UNITS

>> NOT ONLY DID I COME TO WORK AND WORRY ABOUT THE SAFETY OF MY PATIENTS, BUT I ALSO WORRY ABOUT TAKING COVID HOME TO MY FAMILY >> Reporter: DOCTORS AND NURSES IN A LIFE AND DEATH FIGHT TO

SAVE PATIENTS APP BATTLE WITH NO END IN SIGHT HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAST WEEK, SOME HOSPITALS DID REACH CAPACITY HAVING TO SEND PATIENTS SEVEN HOURS AWAY FOR

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