So much has changed since English teacher Morgan Kirkpatrick walked back into her classroom. She and so many other teachers, have spent the summer missing their students more than usual, but conflicted by the personal risk.
At least five days a week, McConic would wear a gown, medical mask, N-95 mask and face shield for her twelve hour shifts. She was treating twenty COVID-19 patients on ventilators per day. During her first month, she would lose a patient to COVID-19 every day.
The top three misconceptions: masks are ineffective, masks are harmful to those with lung related illnesses and hospitals are profiting from COVID-19. All of these statements are completely false, according to local health experts.
Ralph Kelley, 91, is Papa to his family but to the strangers he spreads kindness to- he is the Heart man. He spends his morning carving and cutting little wooden hearts that fit right in your hand. While he chisels, he quietly meditates on the happiness this little token will bring.