|A screenshot of the crowd showed at least one masked person, on the far left. (WKYT; click to enlarge)|
Hundreds of frontline healthcare workers gathered at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead Wednesday night to receive the Governor’s thanks. Andy Beshear and others for their work during the pandemic.
“You all participated in one of the most remarkable acts of heroism I have ever seen,” Beshear said, speaking in the past tense, though he said the next day that the recent surge in coronavirus cases raises the possibility that health … The health care system in some places could be overwhelmed.
Showing emotion, Beshear said: “The hardest thing I have ever done is read the ages, counties and genders of those we lost over and over again every day. But he showed up every day because he didn’t want anyone else to have to do that. But you were sitting there, holding hands, you knew their names and you were going to talk to their family members. And that’s something so special that we needed him beyond his regular jobs. You are all superheroes. “
Dr. Steven Stack, who became state public health commissioner about a month before the pandemic struck, told workers: “Until March of last year, I would have been in an emergency department. I would have been on the front lines with As much as this has been tough and difficult, and as much as I have had this incredible privilege of being able to serve and advise a governor and support a state, somehow it feels like I’ve been in it during all of this. Because I would have been in the Emergency Department with all of you. So I want to thank you very much for what you have done. “
Nikita Gibbs, a registered nurse who has worked at the Morehead coronavirus testing site every day, received the “Service Above Self” award. “It has seen more than one hundred thousand nostrils and is exposed almost 3,000 times to Covid-positive patients. We all know her as the girl and she scrubs and wears cowboy boots. “
Gibbs and other health professionals told Czar that the best way to thank them is by getting vaccinated. “I really encourage you to get vaccinated, because it is not just for you, but also for the people around you and your loved ones … My whole family is vaccinated,” Gibbs said. “I have strongly supported it. Every friend I talk to, I strongly support getting it done. “
Few masks were visible at the event. Beshear said at his press conference the next day that everyone was wearing a badge saying they had been vaccinated against the virus.
The local star at the event was Beshear’s senior advisor, Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook, who was a state representative in the area for many years before challenging Beshear in the 2019 gubernatorial primary. With tears in his eyes, he thanked St. Claire employees for helping his father, Jess Adkins, then 84, survive Covid-19 last year.
“My father started his Covid spanking journey in St Claire,” Adkins said. “If any of you are in this room that treated my father, thank you from the bottom of my heart that I want to inform you of your good work. My father has made a full recovery. My father is on a tractor. My father is plowing, digging and cultivating a half-acre garden and he does it without any oxygen. My father has been healed because of your good work and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. “
Information for this story was also collected from WUKY and WKYT.