As record numbers of COVID-19 patients — most of them unvaccinated — show up for treatment in Idaho hospitals, it’s often nurses and doctors who bear the brunt of the emotional toll.

Ashley Brown is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center. After a couple of her shifts last week, she recorded her thoughts for us.

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Thursday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m.

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State health officials announced Wednesday, Aug. 25, that as COVID-19 cases continue to spike, New Mexico has an unprecedented waiting list for ICU beds and that the state is on the brink of having to ration care. 

ABQ Intensive Care Nurse Says Rate Of COVID Patient Intake Manageable For Now

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As COVID-19 cases in New Mexico continue to rise, local intensive care units have had to quickly adjust to treating patients who come down with severe symptoms of the virus. Your New Mexico Government recently spoke with John Morgan, an ICU nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, about what it’s like to be on the frontlines treating critical COVID-19 patients and what he wants people calling for the stay-at-home order to be lifted right now to know.