AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF) – A local radio station, WAFJ 88.3, is hosting “Pause and Pray” events outside local hospitals this week to support health workers during the troubled times of the pandemic.
“We just want them to know that we love them and appreciate what they do,” said John Bryant, general manager of WAFJ 88.3.
Healthcare workers face a new reality from the burden of COVID-19.
“These healthcare workers are tired,” said Bryant. “They have been in this COVID battle for our community for a year and a half now and they are tired and in need of some encouragement.”
Augusta University health workers attended a moment of prayer outside Georgia Children’s Hospital on Tuesday asking for healing for COVID patients, strength for health workers and an end to the pandemic.
“It means a lot to our employees to feel the support of the community and to know that people are praying for them and for our patients, because to be honest, it is difficult at the moment,” said the chief physician at AU Health, Dr said Phillip Coule.
As of Tuesday, 128 coronavirus patients will be treated at AU Health, and Dr. Coule says health care workers are few and far between. Of the 128 COVID patients admitted to the hospital, only seven are fully vaccinated.
“We would definitely like to see an end to the pandemic. Vaccination would help us get there on a large scale, ”said Dr. Coule.
Every day this week there will be a break and prayer meeting outside of various local hospitals.