What it was like for doctors and nurses at a Washington hospital to treat the nation's first novel coronavirus patient

SEATTLE — For Robin Addison, Jan. 20 was like any other Monday night. She had just slipped into her pajamas after a long day of work at Providence Regional Medical Center when, around 8:30 p.m., she got a phone call from a fellow nurse.“Robin, I think we have to open the unit,” she recalls Sarah Wilkerson saying.“The unit” is a pop-up biohazard chamber that can be erected to quarantine someone with an infectious disease. The hospital obtained it in 2015 with Ebola patients in mind. It had never been used.Wilkerson, the hospital’s infection prevention manager, explained that a Snohomish County ...


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