Letter: So many worries during COVID-19

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To the editor:

I read the March 18 headline "BHS to ramp up testing, Berkshire cases rise to 14," over and over. I would like to ask state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, Dr, James Lederer, chief medical officer of Berkshire Medical Center, and Darlene Rodowicz, executive president of BHS, if by "using the North Adams emergency facility" it means the entire North Adams Hospital that was closed a few years ago? If not, it seems time that would be more viable than contracting with hotels to help the sick.

With more and more second home owners coming to the Berkshires we need a hospital in Northern Berkshire as well as BMC in Pittsfueld and Fairview in Great Barrington.

As a senior citizen I am very concerned and scared by all the unknowns of COVID-19. I'm afraid to go get groceries and other essentials. And when you do venture out a lot of the things you need are unavailable.

I'm afraid to go to medical appointments because a person in the waiting room could be a carrier.

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I am thankful and pray for our medical staff and all our public servants who are there to look out for our safety, and for The Eagle that keeps us informed.

I worry about the people who can't work because their jobs are shut down and they have no income to feed their families or pay their bills.

We all need to do what we can to keep ourselves and others safe and to pray for each other.

Let's hope that this brings out the best in each other and not the worst.

Erika Hathaway,

Lenox Dale


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