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Nurses describe ‘huge emotional toll’ amid high COVID-19 numbers in Clark County

Medical workers stressed by steady stream of sick patients, death while some people don’t take coronavirus, precautions seriously

By Wyatt Stayner, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 2, 2021, 6:01am
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Melissa Glascock, from left, a respiratory therapist, Colette Reilly, a nurse manager, and Lisa Streissguth-Kasberg, a charge nurse, pose in front of a "Heroes Work Here" banner outside Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Clark County hospitals have seen spikes in coronavirus patients this fall and winter.
Melissa Glascock, from left, a respiratory therapist, Colette Reilly, a nurse manager, and Lisa Streissguth-Kasberg, a charge nurse, pose in front of a "Heroes Work Here" banner outside Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Clark County hospitals have seen spikes in coronavirus patients this fall and winter. (Joshua Hart/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

It’s hard for staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center not to run through worst-case scenarios when a new COVID-19 patient leaves their loved ones behind and checks into the hospital.

“You watch them say goodbye and you know in your head they might go to the ICU, get intubated and be dead tomorrow,” said Melissa Glascock, a lead respiratory therapist.

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