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Memorial Hospital registered nurses Steve Menchaca and Emily Rentquiano insert a PICC line, a peripherally inserted central catheter, for a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit on Tuesday. Once the line is set, the team checks their work on a monitor. Hospital administrators have worked feverishly in recent weeks to stretch staff and resources to keep up with an influx of patients brought on by the COVID-19 surge. Meanwhile, they've also made plans for how to distribute treatment in the event of a worst-case scenario, in which demand for care exceeds available medical resources.

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