Keith Gerein: As COVID-19 rages on, don’t forget who moved Edmonton forward

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In response to this and COVID-19, the cleaning process is now much more intense, requiring complete disinfectant wiping of all surfaces, as well as secondary disinfection with a sprayer.

“We’re doing our best to make sure everything can get out safely, so people aren’t afraid to use public transport at times like this,” Bodrovics said.

LRT cleaner Marykate Bodrovics. David Bloom/Postmedia

At Fire Station No.10, on the north side of town, firefighter Edric Chabot proudly wears a mask made by his mother, with photos of a Dalmatian, a fire truck and other images adapted to the job.

“I think it makes me sound a little meaner,” said Chabot, who is part of a hazardous materials team.

The risk has always been written into the job description of firefighters, who not only deal with fires, but are also reported during medical events, car accidents and other miscellaneous issues. But COVID-19 has added another level of concern to many calls.

“It’s a pervasive thing but no more dangerous than what we face every day,” said Chabot.

And then there are those who work in the healthcare field, who face an unknown risk every time a new patient walks through the door. Dr Ken Stewart oversees several of these staff as the facility medical director at Royal Alexandra Hospital, which is one of the busiest trauma centers in the province.

Although the number of COVID cases has remained relatively low, the uncertainty that accompanies the pandemic has tested endurance, resilience and patience. But it also sparked compassion and creativity to deliver healthcare in different ways, like finding iPads to allow isolated patients to stay in touch with their loved ones.

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