In hospitals throughout San Diego County, healthcare providers are working to keep COVID-19 patients alive. At Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, the intensive care unit has been transformed with retrofitted negative pressure rooms. Nurses, doctors and respiratory therapists follow specific protocols of putting on personal protective equipment and respirators before treating patients. 

Scenes from across the county are captured in these photos from Sharp hospitals and medical facilities in La Mesa, Rancho Bernardo and Chula Vista.

Christa Jones, a nurse in the Sharp Grossmont Hospital intensive care unit, prepares to give Tylenol to a COVID-19 patient to lower his fever, April 20, 2020.
Christa Jones prepares to enter a room to care for a COVID-19 patient in the Sharp Grossmont Hospital intensive care unit, April 20, 2020.
Healthcare providers gather at the nurses’ station in the intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, May 1, 2020. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)
A healthcare provider looks through a window into a COVID-19 patient’s room in the intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, May 1, 2020.
Christa Jones, a nurse in the Sharp Grossmont Hospital intensive care unit, takes a moment to comfort a COVID-19 patient. April 20, 2020.
Dr. Alejandro Villegas prepares to enter a COVID-19 patient’s room in the intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, May 1, 2020. The 75-year-old patient was extubated the previous day after being on a ventilator for 25 days.
Christa Jones adjusts her face shield before entering a room to give Tylenol to a COVID-19 patient in the Sharp Grossmont intensive care unit, April 20, 2020.
Ty Figuero, a nurse in the urgent care at Sharp Rees-Stealy Rancho Bernardo, removes personal protective gear after working in tents set up to screen patients with COVID-19 symptoms, April 14, 2020.
Healthcare providers work in COVID-19 screening tents outside of the Sharp Rees-Stealy Rancho Bernardo urgent care, April 14, 2020.
Morgan Cooper, right, speaks to fellow emergency room nurse Richard Harchfield at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, May 1, 2020. While Cooper and another nurse treat a suspected COVID-19 patient, Harchfield waits outside the room to pass any necessary equipment inside. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)
Healthcare providers wipe down a face shield before leaving a negative pressure room in the intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, May 1, 2020. The ICU retrofitted its rooms into negative pressure rooms to treat COVID-19 patients.
A healthcare provider walks past retrofitted negative pressure rooms in the intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, May 1, 2020.

Zoë Meyers is a photo and video journalist at inewsource. Zoë loves working as a visual journalist because it gives her the privilege of witnessing moments in people's personal lives and in our community that can enhance our understanding of important stories. When she's not behind the camera,...