Nanaimo Regional General Hospital workers gather to acknowledge the community’s support during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Janayh Wright Photography)

Community strength urged in combatting COVID-19 in Nanaimo

Health-care workers at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital saluted

The health-care workers are the ones on the front lines, but it will take the strength of the community as a whole to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital took a moment to be acknowledged this week, gathering for a group photo with a piece of artwork reading ‘stronger together,’ created and donated by Amy Tinney of Within the Grain Rustic Decor.

Photographer Janayh Wright said health-care workers told her they have been “feeling the love” in recent weeks.

“This is just a way to boost the morale of the Nanaimo community as well as the staff at NRGH during this difficult time,” Wright said. “This is just something I wanted to do to put a smile on people’s faces.”

She said while she was at the hospital, dozens of neighbours as well as various first responders gathered to make noise to show appreciation for health-care workers.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said last week that the nightly 7 p.m. show of support has been “one of the most moving things we’ve seen” during the pandemic and has garnered international attention.

“What happens at 7 o’clock at night, when people make noise in the community in support of health-care workers … that has to be extended 24/7,” Dix said. “If we’re going to support health-care workers, that means following the orders of [provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry] 100 per cent. That’s how you bend the projections, bend the curve. That’s how you do that and that’s how we express our solidarity with the extraordinary people in our health-care system.”

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