Ozaukee County Guide

April 22, 2020

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Hospitals around the nation are staying functional and open in part because of these frequently overlooked groups of people. CLEANING STAFF Dusting, sweeping, mop- ping and changing out bed sheets are all normal duties of hospital janitorial personnel. However, with the outbreak of COVID-19 in America, hospi- tal maintenance and cleaning crews have had to step up their game. An important part of their job is sanitizing every surface in every room the staff visits, and these workers are rising to the occasion. Hospital housekeepers risk infection every time they walk into a patient's room, whether that patient shows symptoms of the virus or not. Keeping a hospital clean and functional is no easy task and these pro- fessionals are keeping up with admirable persistence. MAINTENANCE WORKERS The technicians who keep respirators and other essential equipment functional are also indispensable. Machines that provide life-giving air to those suffer- ing are in high demand, so the technicians who maintain them are of utmost impor- tance. The workers who specialize in other systems in hospitals are also doing their part to fight this illness. They keep the lights on, the water running, the heaters and air condition- ers functioning at their opti- mal levels and the hospital grounds up to a high standard. TECHNICIANS AND THERAPISTS While COVID-19 is showing up everywhere in America, there are patients who are in the hospital for other reasons. Patients still need physical therapy, dialysis treatments, and other life-saving proce- dures. Technicians and therapists continue to carry out and per- form invaluable services for their patients while risking exposure to the disease. While it's true elective procedures are on hold at many hospitals, there are many patients who benefit greatly from therapy services. The therapists and techni- cians who offer those treat- ments are still showing up every day and helping those who need it. Respiratory ther- apists are helping COVID patients with breathing prob- lems, but they're not the only ones. Therapists are also playing a key role in making patients strong and capable enough to safely leave the hospital, mak- ing more beds available when they might be needed the most. FOOD SERVICE EMPLOYEES Most hospitals across America have shut down their public cafeterias. Preventing the spread of the coronavirus this way is very important by keeping people from congre- gating in public eating areas. However, hospital food ser- vices continue to feed and nourish patients under their care. Hospital patients need to eat, and someone has to prepare those meals. Food service in hospitals continues without a hitch, delivering meals to patients throughout the day. It's a mark of kindness and bravery on the part of all those who continue to provide nutrition- al meals and do so with a smile. Keeping the spirits up of those who fight off COVID- 19 is a rare gift. Hospital Support Staff Janitors, technicians and food service staff are just a few examples of the people working behind the scenes of the coronavirus pandemic. © ADOBE STOCK CORONAVIRUS HEROES | MORE THAN DOCS 2 • APRIL 22, 2020 • OZAUKEE COUNTY GUIDE GMTODAY.COM 263173013 Appliances • Furniture • Electronics Automobiles • Remodeling • Construction Commercial • Garage & Basement WE HAUL JUNK (262) 617-1602 wehauljunk.net LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED Our Business is Always Picking Up!

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