Health care workers describe packed ICUs

Nurses and doctors are urging the public to wear masks and practice social distancing as hospitals in hotspot states like Arizona are overwhelmed.
1:45 | 06/30/20

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George, now to the front lines of the covid-19 crisis. Some hospitals as we know are on the brink. Health care workers are being pushed to their limits. Kaylee Hartung has more from Arizona where cases are surging there. Good morning, Kaylee. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Cases and hospitalizations really exploded here in the past month and paramedic, they are among those who are overworked. Doctors are telling me sometimes they're leaving their hospitals in tears because the emotional toll of this is exhausting. Dr. Jennifer ohay is suiting up to save lives in one of the busiest intend sir care units in the country. I will be in a patient's room in full ppe doing an intu bake and I am constantly getting calls about someone else who is in trouble. Reporter: She's worked here for more than 20 years. And she's never seen the icu like this. That human factor, that we love so much about our jobs is merely gone. Reporter: In Arizona icu beds are at 88% capacity. Hospitalizations have nearly doubled in the past two weeks. Tucson Dr. Brad Dreyfuss says it could have been prevented. When you see someone not wearing a mask, when you see people not physically distancing, how does that make you feel? Frankly it makes us angry. This is not a partisan issue. Do it for your community. Reporter: Hospitals here say they are seeing 20-year-olds, 30-year-old, 40-year-olds getting sick. Now they're the ones on ventilators. One doctor telling me she's had patients beg her not to put them on those breathing machines because they are afraid at that point they won't make it. Michael. A lot of fear out there.

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