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‘The fear is not for themselves’ Clergy pray over healthcare workers in Reidsville

Hospital staff at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville and Triad church ministries pray for peace.
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Annie Penn Hospital holds ‘Blessing of the Hands’ service for staff during coronavirus outbreak.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Health care workers are stretched thin as more and more coronavirus cases arise.

Pastors and clergy in the Triad rallied together to support essential personnel during this stressful time.

Hospital staff at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville and area church ministries gathered for a ‘Blessing of the Hands’ service.  

They formed a circle outside the hospitals emergency room to encourage each other and the community.

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Annie Penn Hospital president Cindy Farrand said although they have not seen a surge of patients, nurses are worried.

“It’s interesting most of the fear is not for themselves, It's about their families” Farrand said. “They don't want to take anything home to their family and so we're working with our team on how to keep them safe."

The hospital has a coronavirus triage tent set up outside the emergency room.

So far, they have not needed to use it.

“Our team is absolutely ready to tackle whatever may come our way, but we wanted to ground them while they’re here,” Farrand said.


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Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the same measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses. That means washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes.

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