Dear Friends and Supporters:
Science has come a long way in its understanding of the coronavirus since early 2020. Yet it seems we are confronted daily with further evidence of the virus’s mysteries. The Delta variant, spreading around the world, is considered the most contagious yet. And in recent days, three players on the New York Yankees tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. These incidents underscore the need for ongoing vigilance and research.
They also highlight how grateful we should be to our first responders. At times in early 2020, when science had only a rudimentary understanding of the virus, our first responders had to interact with people who may have been sick. Whereas many of us had the option to self-isolate in our homes, our first responders had to report to work. Some employers at that time were inadequately informed and ill-equipped to protect workers. Undoubtedly, many first responders were exposed to the virus on the job and suffered the consequences.
Personnel at Harrison Emergency Medical Services were particularly vulnerable, as they bore the brunt of patient transport to area hospitals. Likewise, members of our Police Department were often the first on the scene when residents were in distress. Our Fire Department staff and volunteers also faced considerable risks to their health. And let’s not forget our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, without whom many more patients would have perished.
Despite severe shortages of personal protective equipment, these people reported to work and assumed great risks to their own and their families’ health on behalf of our community.
We have all suffered to one degree or another from the effects of the pandemic. But it could have been so much worse had it not been for the courage of our first responders.
So to all our first responders: We owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude. Thank you for being there for our community in its time of need.
Frank, Rachel and Adam
Moving Harrison Forward
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