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Video: The Healthy Nurse Who Died at 40 on the COVID Frontline: ‘She Was the Best Mom I Ever Had’

[embedded content] Yolanda Coar was 40 when she died of COVID-19 in August 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. She was also a nurse manager, and one of nearly 3,000 frontline workers who have died in the U.S. fighting this virus, according to an exclusive investigation by The Guardian and KHN. Read more of the health workers’ […]

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Video: The Healthy Nurse Who Died at 40 on the Covid Front Lines: ‘She Was the Best Mom I Ever Had’

[embedded content] Yolanda Coar was 40 when she died of Covid-19 in August 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. She was also a nurse manager, and one of nearly 3,000 front-line workers who have died in the U.S. fighting this virus, according to an exclusive investigation by The Guardian and KHN. Read more of the health workers’ […]

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More Than 2,900 Health Care Workers Died This Year — And the Government Barely Kept Track

More than 2,900 U.S. health care workers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic since March, a far higher number than that reported by the government, according to a new analysis by KHN and The Guardian. Fatalities from the coronavirus have skewed young, with the majority of victims under age 60 in the cases for which […]

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As the Terror of COVID Struck, Health Care Workers Struggled to Survive. Thousands Lost the Fight.

Workers at Garfield Medical Center in suburban Los Angeles were on edge as the pandemic ramped up in March and April. Staffers in a 30-patient unit were rationing a single tub of sanitizing wipes all day. A May memo from the CEO said N95 masks could be cleaned up to 20 times before replacement. Patients […]

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NYC Hospital Workers, Knowing How Bad It Can Get, Brace for COVID 2nd Wave

This story is part of a partnership that includes WNYC, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). No single municipality in the country suffered more in the first wave of the pandemic than New York City, which saw more than 24,000 deaths, mainly in the spring. Medical staff in New York know […]

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For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’

For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three months through summer into early fall. In late June, St. Vincent Hospital had resumed elective surgeries, and the unit the 48-year-old nurse works on switched back from taking care of only COVID-19 patients to its pre-pandemic roster of patients recovering from gallbladder operations, mastectomies […]

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Lost on the Frontline

These stories are co-published with The Guardian. This story can be republished for free (details). Note: As of August 10, 2020, all updates to Lost on the Frontline are available at khn.org/lost-on-the-frontline. America’s health care workers are dying. In some states, medical personnel account for as many as 20% of known coronavirus cases. They tend […]