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Inside a busy COVID unit as virus rages in Florida

Critical Care Respiratory therapist Lauren Parsons collects a blood sample from a COVID-positive patient in their isolation room on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Critical Care Respiratory therapist Lauren Parsons collects a blood sample from a COVID-positive patient in their isolation room on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon...more

Critical Care Respiratory therapist Lauren Parsons collects a blood sample from a COVID-positive patient in their isolation room on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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An empty bed sits in a room where a COVID patient died on Tuesday, on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

An empty bed sits in a room where a COVID patient died on Tuesday, on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

An empty bed sits in a room where a COVID patient died on Tuesday, on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Members of a Covid medical team transport a coronavirus patient to their room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid medical team transport a coronavirus patient to their room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid medical team transport a coronavirus patient to their room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Housekeeper Maura Otero, 56, cleans the room of a COVID patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Housekeeper Maura Otero, 56, cleans the room of a COVID patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Housekeeper Maura Otero, 56, cleans the room of a COVID patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Members of a COVID critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a COVID critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a COVID critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Phlebotomy technician Atalia Ramirez treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Phlebotomy technician Atalia Ramirez treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Phlebotomy technician Atalia Ramirez treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Vascular access registered nurse Wendy Bradshaw looks down before entering the isolation room of a coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Vascular access registered nurse Wendy Bradshaw looks down before entering the isolation room of a coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Vascular access registered nurse Wendy Bradshaw looks down before entering the isolation room of a coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Registered nurse Kelsey Simons pauses while putting on her personal protective equipment (PPE) gear before treating a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons pauses while putting on her personal protective equipment (PPE) gear before treating a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida,...more

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons pauses while putting on her personal protective equipment (PPE) gear before treating a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A catholic priest holds a bible inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient inside the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A catholic priest holds a bible inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient inside the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A catholic priest holds a bible inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient inside the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Nelson McDonald, 66, a coronavirus patient, speaks with resident physician Ian Nora in his room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Nelson McDonald, 66, a coronavirus patient, speaks with resident physician Ian Nora in his room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Nelson McDonald, 66, a coronavirus patient, speaks with resident physician Ian Nora in his room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Will Farrell, 38, a coronavirus patient, speaks with resident physician Ian Nora in his room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Will Farrell, 38, a coronavirus patient, speaks with resident physician Ian Nora in his room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Will Farrell, 38, a coronavirus patient, speaks with resident physician Ian Nora in his room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A catholic priest holds a bible inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient inside the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A catholic priest holds a bible inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient inside the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A catholic priest holds a bible inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient inside the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurse Kelsey Simons treats a coronavirus patient inside their isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid critical care unit treat a coronavirus patient inside his isolation room in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Members of a Covid medical team transport a coronavirus patient to their room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid medical team transport a coronavirus patient to their room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Members of a Covid medical team transport a coronavirus patient to their room on the COVID medical unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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