Some healthcare workers pulling double duty amid coronavirus outbreak

Antionette Lee
March 26, 2020 - 9:29 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Medical professionals are part of the crew on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, and some healthcare workers are pulling double duty by volunteering with the city’s emergency medical response team. 

Elise Aminah Dorr-Dorynek has been a volunteer with the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps for more than 10 years. The group is made up of thousands of people who step up to help the city during public health emergencies, and many of them, like Dorr-Dorynek, are healthcare professionals. 

So in addition to her regular shifts as a nurse at Jefferson Hospital, she’s also part of the clinician team doing the test swabs. 

After her shift at the Citizens Bank Park testing site, Elise says she goes home to her cat and her husband, who’s part of the high risk group.

“I have to be very, very careful because he is the light of my life and I can’t get him sick,” she said. 

“I think every nurse and every healthcare provider is a hero, and besides, everyone brave enough to come get that test today, they’re pretty heroic too,” she added. 

When asked what she wants in return for her sacrifice, she said she wants people “to be kind to each other and take good care of each other. We’re all in this together.”