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Vaccines Are Coming. But Inside the ICU at Aurora’s Rush Copley Hospital, the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Far from Over

Chicago Tribune

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 ...