Duke ER nurse sees 'Round 2' of coronavirus fight
Ashley Wheeler, an emergency department nurse at Duke Regional Hospital, said "Round 2" of the coronavirus fight is going on at the hospital with more patients known to be infected and their close contacts showing up for treatment and fewer new diagnoses.
60s IN THE TRIANGLE TOMORROW. THEN THE BIG WARMUP STARTS TO SETTLE IN BY THURSDAY. >> TOMORROW LOOKS LIKE A PERFECT DAY. THANKS. >>> THERE IS A NOTICEABLE CHANGE OF PACE IN TERMS NEW HOSPITAL. ASHLEY WHEELER HAS MORE IN TODAY'S VIDEO BLOG UPDATE WHICH YOU WILL ONLY SEE HERE AT WRAL. >>> A QUICK VIDEO BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN BUSY TODAY. WE HAVE HAD WHAT SEEMS TO BE LIKE ROUND TWO OF OUR COVID-19 PATIENTS SITUATIONS. LOTS OF PATIENTS COMING IN TO GET TREATED AND/OR ADMITTED INTO THE HOSPITAL FOR CONTINUED CARE. SO NOT QUITE AS MANY FRESH DIAGNOSES THAT WE ARE MAKING. IT IS MORE JUST MANAGING PEOPLE WHO WE ALREADY KNOW TO BE POSITIVE OR A FAMILY MEMBER THAT WAS POSITIVE IN AND NOW THEY ARE ALSO SYMPTOMATIC SO IT SEEMS LIKE THIS IS JUST GOING TO CONTINUE AND I REALLY HOPE I AM WRONG BUT I FEEL LIKE THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS ARE GOING TO BE A CONTINUING INCREASE. THE ER, THE REGULAR ER VISIT KIND OF PATIENTS HAVE CONTINUED TO GO UP EVERY WEEK OR SO SO THE VOLUME IS GETTING MORE LIKE NORMAL AND THEN THE COVID-19 PATIENTS AREN'T REALLY DECREASING. SO WE ARE JUST KIND OF SETTLING IN. THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY TAKING GOOD CARE OF US AND LOOKING OUT FOR US WITH DONATING FOOD AND DONATING ITEMS THAT CAN HELP US TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES WE ARE HAVING SO THAT IS THE REALLY WONDERFUL THING TO SEE, THAT OUTPOURING AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER AS WE CONTINUE TO OPEN UP IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO THAT IS KIND OF WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. HOPEFULLY, THE WEEK WILL STAY