PHOTOS: Staff at National Jewish Health work as COVID-19 surges

When Gov. Jared Polis stood in front of a podium on Nov. 13 and asked Colorado’s hospitals to prepare for a flood of COVID-19 patients and staff shortages, it was — perhaps unknowingly — an omen of the days to come.

“This is absolutely insane that we are going through this for the third time, and we are burned out,” said Dr. Amy Olson, medical director of the Pulmonary Physiology Unit at National Jewish Health in Denver.

The novel coronavirus is coursing through the state at the highest rate since the pandemic began. An estimated one in 49 Coloradans are currently infected, and transmission is so uncontrolled that public health employees are struggling to keep up with the demand for testing — let alone being able to contact every infected person to find out who else could be at risk.

The Denver Post spoke to 14 hospital workers in Colorado about their experiences in recent weeks. Click here to read their stories.

Denver Post photojournalist AAron Ontiveroz spent a recent day with the staff of National Jewish Health as they continue their work, treating their patients amid the rise of COVID-19 cases.


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