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Portraits of B.C.’s frontline health care workers as the province flattened the curve (PHC MSJ)

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These are the faces of workers in Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, who balanced hazardous jobs with anxious and, in some cases, lonely lives away from the hospital.

By April, a quiet had fallen over Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. Elective surgeries were suspended. The halls weren’t humming with visitors. And the cafeteria was closed—except to staff who sparsely occupied it to take their socially distanced breaks.

For Robynne Peters, an operating room nurse at the Vancouver community hospital, Mondays, Fridays, and every day in between were bleeding into one another. “I couldn’t tell you the date, most days,” she says from behind a mask. “It’s only on Saturday that you feel kind of normal again.”

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