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“It’s really frustrating”: Local first responders feel anxiety, exhaustion as delta variant cases rise

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DULUTH, MN-- Paramedics, nurses, and firefighters are burnt out, disappointed, and exhausted as they take their masks out once again.

"It's frustrating, it's really frustrating," said Anders Hulstrom, a paramedic with MAYO clinic.

Registered Nurse Eva Thewis works at the Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room in Ashland.

"It's exhausting, let me just tell you, it's tiring not just doing the job but the same conversation over and over again it gets exhausting," she said.

They felt the emotional toll alongside their co-workers, as each patient is in severe distress.
Others say they struggle with not knowing what's coming next.

"Relating to the first few waves that came through, we came to work every day and we didn't really know what to expect," Captain Aaron Bujold of the Duluth Fire Department said.

They say the best way people can help is to get the vaccine and prevent another spike in cases.

For information about the emergency responders organization for mental health aid, you can visit their website.

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