holiday surge holiday surge
Stories About

holiday surge

People walk by a hiring sign in a store window in New York on Nov. 17. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ambulances fill the loading area at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The hospital has tried to adjust to the surge of new infections by dedicating three floors for treatment of COVID-19 patients, and creating two COVID-only intensive care units for the most seriously ill. Still, the hospital has had to deny patient-transfer requests from smaller hospitals. Blake Farmer/WPLN hide caption

toggle caption
Blake Farmer/WPLN