COVID One Year Later: Call to Ring Bells March 5th to Show Community

By Margaret Allen
One year after Wayne Memorial Hospital admitted its first COVID patient, the hospital has asked area churches and other houses of worship to ring their bells at 12noon on Friday, March 5th to commemorate the lives lost, survivors’ struggles, frontline healthcare workers who stayed the course and all who have been impacted by this deadly virus. Wayne Memorial Public Relations Manager Lisa Champeau encourages the public to come out and ring a bell at the same time as a show of 'community’ in the fight against COVID 19. In addition to the medical staff, they recognize all of the support employees essential to the hospital operations including housekeeping, maintenance, and registration. CEO David Hoff expressed appreciation for the community adapting to continuous changes and the support with donations of masks and meals. He said in part, “The ringing of the bells is a safe way to salute what has been a hard year—with hope for the year to come.” If you don't have a bell to ring you can join with a moment of silence and, as Champeau said, represent “a united chorus of caring.”