While many people celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, health care workers continued their fight against COVID-19.
BUFFALO, NY – At a time of so much uncertainty and division, there is one thing we can all be thankful for: the healthcare workers who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic from the start.
While many people celebrated Thanksgiving, even roughly, with their families, the battle against COVID-19 continues in hospitals in western New York.
What keeps this hospital running day after day, month after month?
“I think it’s just the mentality of the critical care nurse, the nurse in general, the type of staff and buddies and the morale that we have there,” said Tim Klein, unit director in the Erie County Medical Center Intensive Care Unit.
Klein 2 told On Your Side that he has worked in critical care at ECMC for 33 years, and has been at the forefront of the epidemic for the past several months.
“And one of those things was that during the first wave, we just didn’t have the time to think about it, to say, ‘Wow, that’s really what we’re here for. “We just went and did it,” said Klein.
He added, “With the advent of the summer and the slowing of the increase, we had time to reflect on all that happened, all that we had accomplished, and everything that we had gone through, and the measures we had taken to overcome a difficult challenge, and it was like, ‘Yes, that’s why I chose nursing and critical care. . “”
However, with cases soaring in western New York, health care workers still have a long way to go.
“So far everyone is doing a great job. So far, they’re doing their best, but that’s what we’re concerned about. At some point, the healthcare workforce will reach its limit,” said Dr. Manoj Moomin of Kaleida Health, said during 2 on Your Side Town Hall, posted below.
Dr Moomin added: “I remain optimistic that we can still flatten the curve and hope that admission and an increase in the ICU will be flattened by establishing partnerships with the public and helping limit the spread of COVID-19 this winter.”
Klein said, “Just know that whenever we get to the other side of this, we’re all going to get through this together.”
Klein added that his message to people is to stay on track, wear a mask and socialize when possible.
In a conversation, an ECMC spokesperson described the Klein unit as heroic throughout the pandemic.