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VANCOUVER – The call came in on an afternoon in March: a patient at a medical clinic in Vancouver complained of chest pains.

Paramedic Jeffrey Booton watched the details flash across the screen as he and his partner made their way to the clinic.

It was his first potential case of COVID-19 and he felt both trepidation and a sense of duty.

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3:05Rare look inside a hospital dealing with the COVID-19 crisis

Rare look inside a hospital dealing with the COVID-19 crisis

“I see this job as working in the service of people. And getting to do so in the context of a pandemic is obviously wrought with fear and apprehension some days, but it’s work that still resonates with me,” he said.

When Booton arrived, he put on protective gloves, a fluid-repellent gown, N-95 mask and face shield over his freshly
buzzed dark hair – an at-home haircut that turned out shorter than planned.

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After a physical exam, they got back in the ambulance and Booton did what he always tries to do: comfort the patient.

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