Contract canceled, Knoxville nurse shocked to leave COVID-19 epicenter

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) A Knoxville nurse left her job at an East Tennessee hospital and headed to New York City to help fight COVID-19. Jennifer Byrd said the decision weighed heavy on her heart.

“The hospital that I currently work at in Knoxville, our census was low so we didn’t have tons of patients. I just felt like I had to go where help was really and truly needed, which was up here,” said Byrd.

However, Byrd told WVLT News Anchor Amanda Hara that she was shocked to learn her stay wouldn’t last long. It was unclear whether New York’s governor would extend an executive order allowing health care workers to continue working in New York without a state license past May 16.

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