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Inside a hospital as the coronavirus surges: Where will all the patients go? – The Washington Post

An open bed is “a gift” at a Wisconsin hospital where patients can’t believe other people still don’t take covid-19 seriously.




EAU CLAIRE, Wis. As the coronavirus pandemic swelled around the 160-bed Mayo Clinic hospital, the day was dawning auspiciously. Two precious beds for new patients had opened overnight. At the morning bed meeting, prospects for a third looked promising.
Better yet, by midmorning, there were no patients in the Emergency Department. None. Even in normal times, a medium-size hospital like this can go many months without ever reaching zero.
Everyone knew better than to trust this good fortune. They were…

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