Vaccines Are Coming. But Inside the ICU at Aurora’s Rush Copley Hospital, the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Far from Over
Photo: Stacey Wescott
Just beyond a short yellow barrier reminding Rush Copley intensive care unit staff which rooms are for COVID-19 patients and which are “clean,” a masked team of doctors, pharmacists, and other caregivers meets in a corner to review each critical care patient’s needs.
They calmly discuss the virus patients, each one behind tightly-closed, curtained glass doors nearby, but there’s an urgency to the team’s work. In the previous six days in this ICU, five COVID-19 patients died.
It has taken a toll on nurses like Christine Jewell. By now she is used ...