'I'm Already Breaking': Michigan Nurse's Tearful Plea After Shift Treating Patients With COVID-19

WWJ News
March 27, 2020 - 4:16 pm

(WWJ)  "It felt like I was working in a war zone," says a Beaumont nurse treating coronavirus patients in Southeast Michigan 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday retweeted a video. going viral, of  the ICU nurse in tears as she describes her traumatic 13-hour shift treating patients hospital with COVID-19. 

In the video, the woman identified as Melissa Steiner of Beaumont Health pleads with the public to take this outbreak seriously.

"So today was the first day that I've worked since our unit was designated the second COVID ICU in my hospital. And I don't know what the fuck just happened for the past 13 hours. Honestly guys, it felt like I was working in a war zone — completely isolated from my team members, limited resources, limited supplies, limited responses from physicians, because they're just as overwhelmed as we are dealing with a ton of other stuff," Steiner said.

"So basically, I just spent the last 13 hours, like, treating two critically ill COVID patients on the bed, basically by myself. And this is my normal for the next however many months it takes for this virus to die down. I'm already breaking, so for f— sake people, please take this seriously. This is so bad."

This comes as Michigan health officials are reporting the biggest single day jump in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. There are 801 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total to 3,657. The total includes 32 more deaths as of Friday, for a total of 92 deaths in the state since the outbreak began.

One of the biggest concerns in the state at this point, Whitmer says, is a shortage of personal protection supplies for medical facilities.