On April 27, UCHealth began resuming a limited number of medically necessary surgeries and procedures. The decision is based on careful research and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
As health care workers treat COVID-19 patients, they face the same disruptions and challenges to everyday life that many others are experiencing because of the pandemic. To support our health care heroes experiencing such challenges, UCHealth established the Health Care Worker Emergency Relief Fund. To date, the fund has assisted 155 of our employees experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
People who recover from COVID-19 have antibodies against the virus in the plasma component of their blood. That COVID-19 convalescent plasma, or CCP, is now being used to treat other patients who have the disease.
Our community has reached out in myriad ways to help health care workers as they care for COVID-19 patients. Individuals and organizations have given money, food, services and supplies. Every donation matters, and every donation helps. We are grateful for each contribution and would like to highlight a few from some of our community’s business mainstays.
We are grateful for the community’s many meal donations to our health care heroes during the pandemic. With the reactivation of additional services at our hospitals, we are tapering off these donations, ending them on May 15, 2020. In lieu of food donations, there are many ways you can help continue the fight against COVID-19.
As our nurses, staff and providers tackle what may be the toughest few weeks of our careers, we know that we are not alone. We are grateful to have the support of the community. Our community has responded in ways we've never seen before, food deliveries to our hospitals, thank you signs and chalk drawings at every entrance, thousands of emails and messages sharing love and support, and donations of new personal protective equipment or other supplies.
Courage, persistence, determination. These are qualities that define humankind and that will see us through the pandemic. Patients are recovering. Progress in treating COVID-19 is being made. Focusing on the positive helps create the reality we all want to live in. Thus we share these stories.
With school closures and a record number of unemployment claims filed, many people are worrying how they will feed their families. Our community has rallied to support the UCHealth Family Medicine Center (FMC) Food Pantry, which partners with Food Bank for Larimer County to provide fresh food to those suffering from food insecurity.
We asked, and northern Colorado residents answered. Garth Englund Blood Center (GEBC) has had an amazing response to its requests for blood donations during the pandemic. Read about the impact these blood donations have had, and learn about a new opportunity for donating "convalescent plasma."
As the world faces a pandemic, our community is coming together to address an unprecedented challenge unlike anything most of us have ever seen. Neighbors are helping neighbors. Pharmacies and grocery stores are staying open to serve the public, and their employees are working tirelessly to stock and deliver essentials. On social media, messages of gratitude and hope abound. People are sharing ways to cope, through virtual fitness and meditation classes, video church services, and more. On the front lines, we have our health care workers.
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