BOISE, Idaho – “The pandemic is not over.”

That’s the message from the overworked and overworked healthcare workers of Treasure Valley.

In the Saint Alphonsus intensive care unit in Boise, a majority of beds are now occupied by COVID-positive patients who have chosen not to be vaccinated.

At this point, Dr Meghan McInerney says the deaths seem heavier because they are mostly preventable.

“Sometimes patients still say, ‘I don’t care what you tell me, I still think the vaccine is a hoax, I don’t even think COVID is real,’ and it’s still hard to take, ‘ Dr McInerney said.

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“I had a patient last week who told me it still wasn’t real, and that didn’t change what we did,” said Saint Alphonsus registered nurse Dan Martin. “We will always take care of the patients. “

These healthcare workers continue to do all they can to help Idahoans defeat COVID-19.

A sign that greets hospital staff as they enter the building at the start of their shift changes regularly, reflecting the number of COVID patients treated and discharged from the hospital.

“The healthcare workers here, the doctors, the nurses, the technicians, they’ve gone into healthcare to help people and really try to save lives,” the emergency department medical director said. Dr Andrew Southard. “When you come home and you hear things like ‘the virus is not real, and it’s made up, people do it just for money’, it really goes to the heart of who these people are. “

Healthcare workers once celebrated for their service now feel exhausted, overwhelmed and demoralized.

“I know the balloons and the banners of 2020; it was fantastic! We don’t need that now, what we need is just to hear that you still believe in us,” said the Dr Carolyn McFarlane. “What I see in all areas: nurses, CNAs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, doctors, both inpatient and outpatient, is that they push to the max.”

After more than 12 hours of work, staff sometimes find it difficult to shake up some of the images they see regularly as more COVID patients in intensive care lose their battle with the virus.

“If there’s a case where we’re all in a rush and the patient is young and we’re doing chest compressions or trying to save someone, you know when you close your eyes my brain will try to reintroduce those visions. over and over. again, “said Dr. McInerney.” So similar to how people describe PTSD. “

And yet they come back day in and day out to quit work and see Idahoans failing to take precautions to stay away from the hospital.

“I guess it’s just a little frustrating because people don’t cover up, take no precautions, or there are new gigs or events that weren’t there last year, which makes the task much more difficult for people, ”Martin mentioned.

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So how can you help? Listen to the experts. Take the virus seriously. And thank a healthcare worker for their work and dedication during this difficult time.

“It’s not over yet,” said Martin. “People are suffering day in and day out and we try to give the best possible care, but we have few resources to do it.”