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Sick staff. Endless COVID patients. Doctors ‘just scraping by’ as omicron sweeps hospitalsOn a single day this week, 616 staffers called out sick with COVID-19 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Without nearly a tenth of its workers — doctors, nurses, administrators and janitors — the hospital assigned the National Guard to help with an unrelenting swarm of patients, many of them critically ill. Such scenes around the nation have been brutal as the highly transmissible — if less deadly — omicron variant has set a record of nearly 2 million infection cases each week. That surge has battered hea…

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