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Special Edition: A Front-line Emergency Room Nurse and Dr. Sherri Onyiego (July 7, 2020)

We hear from an ER nurse who contracted COVID, as well as Harris County Public Health’s Medical Director.

Our special edition of Houston Matters weekdays at 3 p.m. addresses your questions and concerns as a public service to our listeners.

On today's edition: Host Ernie Manouse is joined by “Nurse Shelly,” an emergency-room nurse based in San Antonio, who shares her experiences of working on the front lines against COVID. While treating patients in the ER, Shelly contracted COVID, developed serious disease, and was hospitalized for months. She started a non-profit to help nurses acquire PPE and support. She was also part of an April 16 conference call with staff from the office of Senator John Cornyn, in which several Texas nurses voiced concern for the dire situation in Texas hospitals responding to COVID. Shelly says those concerns were not heard.

Then, Ernie is joined by Dr. Sherri Onyiego, medical director of Harris County Public Health. Dr. Onyiego addresses the worsening situation in Harris County hospitals and the need to step-up mitigation efforts like staying at home, social distancing, mask-wearing and hand washing.

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