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Nurses return home from the NY front-lines

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Kendyl Irwin & Denise Arguello serving on the front-lines Kendyl Irwin & Denise Arguello serving on the front-lines
LUBBOCK, Texas -

At 7 p.m., like clockwork, the people of New York City cheer for their health care workers on the front-lines.

Among them, are nurses from around the country, serving as reinforcements.

Lubbock nurses Kyndal Irwin and Denise Arguello are now home under quarantine.

3 weeks ago they left Texas to help where they felt they were needed most.

"To say what we knew we were getting ourselves into, I think, is a big understatement," Arguello said.

They say that they found COVID-19 at its worst.

Shortages of PPE, exhausted nurses and even 18-wheeler trucks for the growing death toll.

Arguello worked in Bellevue hospital in Manhattan, serving a ward of 30 COVID positive patients.

"It was crazy to see that a lot of the people... the workers...were scared to go into the rooms, they did not want to go into the rooms, and some even refused to go into the rooms," she described.

Irwin, worked at Coler hospital on Roosevelt island.

"Our goal was just to keep everyone that worked there safe and keep them from contracting it. We had a problem with the protective equipment at the beginning," Irwin said. "There were some days where, I mean, I don't even know if all these patients got all these medications because they were so short staffed."

They say, the risk they took, was worth it.

"[A New York nurse] said that, before we got there, they were drowning. She said they had 15 to 10 patients each," Arguello said.

"The floor nurse that I had been working with, she said she hadn't had a day off since the pandemic began. They were definitely very thankful that we were there, we definitely helped kind of relieve that stress for them," Irwin said.

By the time they were leaving, both nurses say the situation was improving, and on Sunday, even Governor Andrew Cuomo said that "the worst is over " for New York.

But the nation-wide battle against COVID-19 is yet to be won.

"When I get home, we really need to socially distance no matter how much we want to re-open and re-start things, that's a great thing to do, but we need to still be safe," Arguello said.

They say it is important to keep up wearing masks, hygiene habits and social distancing.


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