Praise for the PRT
You are to be commended for your local coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. No screaming headlines, no exaggerated claims, just the facts as you, your staff, and your contributors know them.
I was particularly drawn to your front-page story, “The new normal for health-care workers.”
RN Jennie La Dage’s story really got to me. I understand what it’s like to work a twelve-hour shift. I’ve worked my share of them, but never under COVID-19 conditions. Never did I have to wear a face mask or protective clothing. Never did I have to wash my hands after every time I touched a doorknob. Never did I have to strip off all my clothes and shower before entering the house. Never did I have to worry that going to work might be life-threatening.
Think of what it would be like to be a nurse or any health care provider working day after day, week after week, month after month facing the same routine. How do they do it? How do they keep from burning out?
Steak Fry Cancelled
First let us compliment the citizens of Patagonia for their response to the COVID-19 event. We still feel following CDC guidelines will help prevent the spread. With 1 out of 18 people still testing positive, we would put the community and firefighters in harm’s way if we have our annual Steak Fry.
Although it is our largest fundraiser of the year, we have decided to follow CDC guidelines on large gatherings and Social distancing.
Chief, Patagonia Fire and Rescue