A portrait of Park City’s essential workers
The majority of Summit County residents have been confined to their homes for the better part of a month, apart from trips for necessities like food or seeking fresh air in the outdoors, as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Still others wake up each day, get dressed and carry on in roles that have been deemed vital, even as life has ground to a halt for most people. Their duties range from protecting neighborhoods to replenishing grocery store shelves to providing health care to delivering mail — and the list goes on.
They are doing their part, while in many cases risking their own safety, to keep the community functioning during a crisis with no modern equivalent.
They are Summit County’s essential workers.
Summit County’s essential workers have adapted to health department guidelines as they continue their vital duties throughout the community. From wearing face masks and gloves to keeping socially distant, the measures allow the workers to help keep Park City and the county functioning.
Healthcare workers continue to meet with patients via tele-medicine calls on Zoom. Postal workers ensure letters to loved ones and packages of toilet paper are delivered on time. Transit operators help move community members throughout town on their quests to pick up food and other necessities at the grocery store.
“Despite the challenges we are currently facing, we are extremely grateful for the support of the community. We have seen an outpouring of support in many ways such as kind words and actions. We feel very fortunate to continue to work while so many others have lost their jobs or opportunities. Thank you and stay safe.,” Park City Fire Captain McKay Wadley says.
“As firefighters, we train constantly in order to mitigate dynamic situations, despite the challenges we face, there are many ways for us to prepare for the unknown. However, it is very difficult to be totally prepared for the challenges and scope of the COVID pandemic,” Park City Fire Captain McKay Wadley says.
“Everything is different now, we have a new normal. From day to day life in the fire station, to the way we interact with the public, and how we respond on all 911 calls,” Park City Fire Captain McKay Wadley says. “…we worry about exposure to the virus. We all want to give a friendly smile or let kids check out the fire engine in the grocery store parking lot, but public safety is our top priority and that means social distance and wearing a mask for now.”
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