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Thank you to the frontline

(Cartoon by Lance Goosen)

The Oshawa Express wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the frontline workers currently putting themselves at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 spreads across the world, Canada, Ontario, Durham and Oshawa, doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, and many others have continued to put their lives at risk during this unprecedented time.

The virus has claimed the lives of approximately 168,000 people worldwide, and yet these brave souls continue to put the needs of others before themselves.

Doctors and nurses understand this is a time they are needed, and grocery store workers continue to put themselves in harms way in order to make sure the public remains fed, while others such as police officers, paramedics, and firefighters continue to interact with the public despite the risks.

Workers at Hillsdale Terraces, a long-term care home in Oshawa, have seen their fair share of struggles as the virus has found a home there, and has taken the lives of 13 residents at the time of publication.

Forty-one residents and 10 staff have also tested positive for COVID-19, which shows the risk these workers are forced to endure for the sake of others.

Driving around Oshawa, many houses have put thank you messages in their front windows, and at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, there have been parades of vehicles in support of the workers there.

However, some groups have been neglected. Thank you to social workers, who are putting the needs of others before themselves; thank you to workers at women’s shelters, who continue to work with victims of domestic violence; and thank you to so many others who are putting themselves in harms way for others during this strange, and stressful time.

Once again, The Oshawa Express is saying thank you to all of those putting themselves at risk.