Recognizing the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 outbreak


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Doctors and nurses are not the only ones bearing the brunt of COVID-19.

Pharmacists, carpenters, housekeepers and communications specialists also deserve to be recognized. That includes Gregory Davis, who is a maintenance supervisor. He said he’s never worked through anything like this before.

“I don’t know if any of us have. This is something that’s new, and it’s something we have to make our way through,” said Davis.

Pharmacist Laken Warnock said she thinks she will be grateful for this challenge in the long run.

“It’s definitely been a large learning experience, but it’s also helped us to work more closely with people that we don’t normally work with,” explained Warnock.

Healthcare workers like pharmacists play critical roles in the fight against COVID-19. They work hand in hand with doctors and other healthcare professionals, ensuring that the right medications are prescribed. They make important decisions as part of the patient’s healthcare team.

Other staff hit hard include housekeepers, who have to walk directly into infected rooms after COVID-19 patients are discharged.

“All the housekeeping people have been supportive of each other and they want everyone to work together,” said Demekia McMath.

And those with the Mississippi Center of Emergency Services said their department has never been closer.

“We’re all in one building. We all work together. We all check on each other. We all help each other out. Definitely a tightly knit little family,” said Lauren Aycook, who is a communications specialist for the center.

Aycook said that every time she has had to ask for additional resources, she’s been given them.

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