Reprint from the August 6, 2021 Post & Courier article
Author: Reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes
Photography: Gavin McIntyre
As COVID-19 cases rise, hospital workers (and their patients) enter a grim new reality
Dr. Kent Stock dashes into a hospital unit for patients who are coming and going from intensive care. Its 10 patient rooms, wrapped like a horseshoe around a cramped nurses’ station, are full this morning, their doors closed. Every patient inside has COVID-19.
A week ago, the unit had only three.
Bon Secours St. Francis is not one of the first hospitals within its larger system to get COVID-19 patients. When they come here, it means the others are filling.
Stock, an infectious disease doctor and COVID point man, stands outside a patient room to begin the morning’s rounds with a team of masked doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists. It is Aug. 5, a Thursday.