Volunteer Voices. Helderberg Ambulance Squad says thanks for protective gear

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Millie and Alan Zuk display a gown made by a volunteer for members of the Helderberg Ambulance squad like themselves. Alan Zuk is wearing one of the gowns, which is designed to protect squad members when dealing with COVID-19 patients.

The members of Helderberg Ambulance would like to thank the volunteers who sewed gowns for us to wear on calls. We truly appreciate your hard work.

We would like to thank Kathy Dibble of East Berne, Colleen DeMuth of Knox, Karen Bunzey of Berne, Mary Enax of Berne, Whitney Rivette of Altamont, Lynn Hughes of Knox, Eileen Saddlemire of Knox, Gaye Newbegin of East Berne, Maria Abraham of East Berne, Joann McCormick of Voorheesville, Denise  Crisafulli  of Slingerlands, and Kathy Johnson of Altamont.

Each of these individuals made two gowns.

We would also like to thank Kristine Zimmer of Knox, Rose Dewey of Berne, Christina Stevens of Berne, Ann Hein of Berne, Shannon VanBuren of Knox, Janice Genovesi of Slingerlands, Missy Worden of East Berne, and Melanie Axel-Lute of Knox for also volunteering to sew gowns.

We would also like to thank Hilltown Healthcare, Judd Worden, and Robert Dalton for donating N-95 masks.

Thanks to all of you, we are now properly donned with personal protective equipment.

We would also like to thank Quick Response for cleaning and sanitizing our stations. We appreciate your hard work in helping to keep the drivers, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics safe.

We would also like to thank the Helderberg Kiwanis for offering to donate money for the purchase of six new thermometers. These thermometers will assist the EMTs in determining if patients have an elevated temperature.

A special thanks to Corner Gateway Printing of Slingerlands for printing the patterns that were used by our seamstresses.

COVID information

Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible. In public, keep at least six feet apart from each other. If you are unable to follow social-distancing guidelines, be sure to wear a mask. Avoid unnecessary appointments.

Be sure to cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Take special caution to avoid exposure to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. Avoid visiting those at risk. A telephone call is much better. Many of the elderly are lonely, and the phone call will help to ease those long hours of the day.

When you wear your mask, be sure that it fits snugly over your mouth and nose. Launder your cloth mask after each wear. Do not touch the cloth covering your face. To remove the mask, use the strings and slip the mask off your face. While cloth face coverings may not prevent the wearer from becoming infected, they may help slow the spread from people who have the virus and are unaware.

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