Henry County officials recognize local healthcare workers for dedication during pandemic


(Photo: Courtesy Henry County)

COLLINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Henry County officials have been expressing thanks to local healthcare workers for their dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Henry County Board of Supervisors recently recognized front-line healthcare workers in the area as the recipients of the Jack Dalton Community Service Award, the highest and most prestigious award presented by the Board. 

The Henry County Supervisors and staff also joined up with representatives of Sovah-Martinsville to visit many of the area healthcare facilities on the frontline to recognize them and say thank you for their heroic and selfless dedication during the pandemic.

“I am so proud of the tremendous work and unwavering efforts of the dedicated staff at the hospital. I also know that we couldn’t do it without the help of our community partners. I am thankful for everyone that works in healthcare, and especially those that took on the many challenges presented by the pandemic.”

Tory Shepherd, Interim CEO of SOVAH-Martinsville

County officials comment that working in healthcare brings the inherent risks associated with infectious diseases, but the novel coronavirus exacerbated the risks. Healthcare providers often worked with limited personal protective equipment, provided treatment based on little research, and increased their families’ exposure risk.

“The service of frontline workers is extremely inspiring,” said Henry County Deputy Administrator Dale Wagoner. “The extraordinary efforts do not go unnoticed. We see you and appreciate you.”

Officials say more than 5,000 healthcare workers in Henry County and Martinsville work in direct contact with their patients.

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