Today we highlight an Appleton Post-Crescent story that examines the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of Katie Harris, a Fox Valley nurse who has “seen patients’ conditions worsen rapidly, from feeling fine in the morning to needing to be rushed to the ICU and placed on a ventilator in the afternoon.”
“Dealing with multiple patients with respiratory issues, physically taxing as it might be, isn’t new to nurses, and isn’t the hardest part for Harris,” Madeline Heim, a former Wisconsin Watch intern who reports for the Post-Crescent. “What’s hard is that she’s now a stand-in family member for each of them, too, as hospitals’ visitor restrictions to prevent further spread of the virus often leave patients to fight the disease alone.”
The story comes as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday reported a record 107 new deaths, bringing the state’s total pandemic death toll to 3,420.
In Wisconsin, even small gatherings can carry a big risk of exposure to the coronavirus, according to a nationwide tool that estimates the danger by the size of gathering and county in which it is held. Data scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University developed the tool, which you can find here.
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