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Healthcare Workers Rise To The Occasion

By Del Deduit | Local Happenings

Healthcare workers are being appreciated and celebrated for the job they do every day. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, residents and patients in Scioto County have noticed how hard people in the healthcare field have worked to ensure the safety of others.

Although most enter the industry to help, some admit it’s nice to be recognized. “To be honest, it’s been great to be showered with gifts and food lately,” Jessi Miller said. “But that’s not why we do this. But recently we have been thanked by everyone, and I have to admit I kind of like it.”

Miller is a respiratory therapist at Southern Ohio Medical Center, and is on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus. Her patients are at high risk for catching the virus.

The way she prepares for work now has changed over the past several weeks. New protocols mean she spends more time getting ready to enter a patient’s room to administer breathing treatments or other procedures related to respiratory diseases.