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Bisbee hospital closes operating room so nurses can care for COVID cases

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Copper Queen community hospital in Bisbee reached a critical point on Monday where they had to shut down the operating room to support other parts of the hospital.

Bisbee is a small town and like most small towns they have a smaller hospital but with the coronavirus numbers increasing and staff leaving things are becoming more difficult for small hospitals like Copper Queen.

Cathy Lodge is the ER manager for the hospital and recently has had to work as a floor nurse just to keep up with the number of patients.
"Most of our managers are actually working the floor," Lodge said. "Taking care of patients you know the normal stuff we have our other nurses do daily."
Rob Seamon, the CEO of the hospital, said, "What happened was that we had a lot of patients that were critical and required mechanical ventilation. One patient needed dialysis so it really drained the resources we had. So it was really an emergency all hands on deck to make sure we are caring for these patients."
At this hospital, they had COVID-19 patients taking up four of the 13 beds. This issue affects every hospital but is especially bad and smaller ones like this.
There are currently over 2,500 coronavirus patients in beds in Arizona.

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