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As a response to that and to COVID-19, the cleaning process is now much more intense, requiring a full disinfecting wipe down of all surfaces, plus secondary disinfection with a sprayer.
“We do our best to make sure everything is safe to go out, so that people aren’t wary of using public transportation at time like this,” Bodrovics said.
Over at Fire Station No. 10 on the city’s north side, firefighter Edric Chabot proudly wears a mask made by his mother, featuring pictures of a Dalmatian, fire truck and other job-appropriate images.
“I think it makes me look a little more bad ass,” said Chabot, who is part of a hazmat team.
Risk has always been written into the job description for firefighters, who deal not only with blazes, but also get called out to medical events, car crashes and other assorted trouble. But COVID-19 has added another layer of concern to many of the calls.
“It’s an ever-present thing but no more dangerous than what we face every day,” Chabot said.
And then there are those in health care, who face an unknown risk each time a new patient comes through the door. Dr. Ken Stewart oversees many of these staffers as the facility medical director at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, which is one of the province’s busiest trauma centres.
Although COVID caseloads have remained relatively low, the uncertainty that comes with the pandemic has tested stamina, resilience and patience. But it has also sparked compassion and creativity to deliver health care in different ways, such as finding iPads to allow patients in isolation to stay in touch with loved ones.
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