Community stands together in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Hospital staff Steve Haughey, Olivia Fisher, Renee Grotegoed, Megan McDonald, Belinda Downey, Dianne Reid and Kristine Arthur say thanks. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Hospital staff Steve Haughey, Olivia Fisher, Renee Grotegoed, Megan McDonald, Belinda Downey, Dianne Reid and Kristine Arthur say thanks. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Young residents are standing together in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with many businesses extending support to the town's health workers.

Staff at Young Hospital have received pizza and coffee deliveries and free or discounted takeaways at several businesses around town over the past few weeks.

Young Hospital Facility Manager Belinda Downey says her staff are hugely grateful.

"It's really great that the community is supportive of what we're doing. It's heartwarming to see here in the country when times are tough people do stick together. We're lucky to be living where we do," Ms Downey said.

"The generosity of the businesses in town has been overwhelming. It's been great to see the support for the health professionals and the staff working here.

"It's very generous of everybody."

Domino's Pizza, McDonald's, Terry Bros Carpet Court, Urban Retreat, Wilders Bakery and Art Of Espresso are some of the businesses who have so far helped provide some relief to the town's health workers.

Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke heaped praise on staff and health professionals in a statement late last week.

"I want to thank you all for your dedication, your professionalism and your service," Ms Cooke said.

Meanwhile, Ms Downey reminded people living in Young and surrounds to follow government restrictions and advice from health experts to stop a potential spread of the virus.

"Practice social distancing, follow the advice from health experts and above all, practice good hand hygiene and stay at home," she said.

An isolation area has been identified at Young Hospital which will be used to treat patients who may have contracted COVID-19.

Any critical cases which require high-level care will be transferred to a larger centre.

"Anybody that has a critical condition is transferred out. That's our usual practice. Our base hospitals Wagga and Griffith are equipped to support people with severe COVID-19 symptoms," Ms Downey said.

"People with mild to moderate symptoms can be managed at home with the support of their GP and virtual health services."

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