Ravages Of COVID Surge Evident Inside Missouri Hospital

Registered Nurse Chris Murphy walks 31-year-old Daryl Barker through breathing techniques inside Lake Regional Hospital's Intensive Care Unit on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Osage Beach, Mo. Murphy, an Army veteran who served as a Combat Medic in Iraq often leans on the resiliency he learned in the military to fight off mental fatigue. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

(AP) — A Missouri hospital that had no people hospitalized with COVID-19 just two months ago is now dealing with an onslaught of patients.

Among them is Daryl Barker, who was passionately against a COVID-19 vaccination. He and several relatives got sick, and Barker ended up in an intensive care unit fighting for his life.

The 31-year-old is at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, where 22 people died from the virus in the first 23 days of July. Barker said his conservative politics made him “strongly against the vaccine.” He and his wife both plan to get vaccinated once he recovers.


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