The coronavirus pandemic is surging through the Southeast, and some of the nation’s worst clusters have been in parts of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, where hospitals have reported nearing or even reaching full capacity in their ICU wards.
For some nurses who work in those ICUs, the sight has been horribly familiar. During the early days of the pandemic in April and May, nurses from around the country traveled to New York to help out with its urgent need. After a couple nightmarish months, the pandemic subsided in the city, and the nurses returned home with the hope they would leave the experience behind them. But now, as states that seemed to have been spared in the early days of the pandemic have reported weeks of near-record numbers, nurses have come to fear a repeat of New York.