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AROUND OREGON: Bend nurse works around the clock as cases spike

Joel Hernandez is an emergency room nurse at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. His mask is down because this photo was taken in an area with no other people (Joel Hernandez photo)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is published as part of "The Human Toll," a statewide collaboration of news organizations sharing stories about the human impacts of the Covid pandemic. The Enterprise is part of the collaboration. 

When the pandemic hit Oregon last March, stress and uncertainty weighed down on Joel Hernandez, a registered nurse in the emergency room at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

It wasn’t the patients that were the problem -- it was the mixed messages Hernandez and . . .