Coronavirus Response: Lawrence Couple On Front Lines Of Crisis, Again
via Channel 4/CBS Boston
“I say this is her gas emergency,” Brian Moriarty says affectionately about his wife, Kim. He’s the Lawrence Fire Chief. She’s the Senior Director of Emergency Services at Lawrence General Hospital.
When the 2018 gas explosions hit the Merrimack Valley, the Moriartys didn’t see each other for four days. She was in the ER with injured patients. He was putting out fires. They’re no strangers to facing a crisis, and they’re back fighting one together – this time, with Kim on the front line.
“It’s caused a lot of worry, I’ll be honest. It’s hard to sleep at night,” Kim told WBZ. “I’m worried about my staff. I’m worried about their help. I want to make sure they’re safe.”
As of Friday, April 3rd, Lawrence General had tested 1,388 people for COVID-19. Fourteen staff members were COVID-19 positive.
Twenty-four patients are in the hospital receiving inpatient treatment for the virus. “I’m usually here at 6:15 in the morning and I usually don’t go home until 5:30 at night,” Kim said. She likes to see the overnight staff and the second shift in one day to check in. She’s also been working an extra weekend day.
Life is different at the fire station, too. “It’s actually become a little lonely,” Brian said. “We used to be able to get up and socialize with people and have our meetings together in the offices…The stations aren’t just open to walk into anymore. We’re taking precautions on all our calls…[and] we’ve asked people not to donate food…because we just don’t know where it came from.”