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“We’re about to catch on fire”: Inside a Texas hospital battling omicron and staffing shortages

Texas will soon surpass its previous COVID-19 hospitalization record. Doctors and nurses say they can’t keep up this pace for much longer and implore people to get vaccinated.

Tears flow down through the mask of ICU nurse Mary Patton at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

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MedSurge Respiratory nurse Whitney Thiry checks a line of  COVID-19 patient Earl Sprunger, 67, at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
ER nurse Meredith Moore pauses for a moment at the front desk of the emergency room at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. After handling several COVID-19 surges at the hospital, Moore is planning on leaving to become a traveling nurse.

In the emergency room, a logjam

ER nurse Meredith Moore, center, chats with a fellow nurse at the front desk of the emergency room at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. After handling several COVID-19 surges at the hospital, Brooks is planning on leaving to become a traveling nurse.
Signs warning and preparing hospital staff can be found throughout Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

"We’re coding"

ER nurse Seanna Davignon looks to a fellow nurse during an interview at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
MedSurge Respiratory nurse Traci Cargile checks in on patient Clyde Alexander at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

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