DENVER — As Coloradans have a good time Christmas, many well being care employees are working via the vacation on the entrance strains towards COVID-19.
“We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days every week, doing all of these essential assessments,” stated Amy Hamill, medical laboratory scientist lead at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital. “This morning, I got here in and began instantly.”
Hamill is one in every of tons of of well being care employees throughout the state working additional time and behind the scenes to get the coronavirus pandemic below management. Up to now, UCHealth has carried out greater than 420,000 COVID-19 assessments below the management of laboratory scientists.
“At this level, we’re simply attempting to maximise our effectivity and get them out as shortly as we are able to,” Hamill stated. “Our hospitals, they’re nonetheless actually full, and there is nonetheless heaps and plenty of assessments that want performed.”
This 12 months has been particularly taxing on well being care personnel throughout the well being system in Colorado, however workers say there’s cause to be hopeful with the discharge of a number of new vaccines.
“This is step one,” stated Hamill, who acquired the vaccine earlier in December. “As quickly as we get sufficient provide for everyone, hopefully, issues will actually flip round.”
Although there’s plenty of work to be performed over the vacations, she stated this 12 months, it’s particularly rewarding.
“I do know that everyone in my occupation is doing their greatest to remain secure and wholesome in order that we are able to do our jobs,” Hamill stated. “We so admire the folks at residence, who’re doing the identical.”