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Prayer vigil held at nursing home dealing with COVID-19

Posted at 9:19 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 22:45:48-04

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Nursing homes and assisted living centers are some of the places that have been hit hardest with COVID-19 around the world. That is no exception for Lincoln County, where 32 cases of COVID-19 have been traced to Stanford Care and Rehabilitation Center

Although Sharon Martin doesn't have any family members inside the facility, she wanted to let them know that the community cares about them, so she organized a prayer vigil that took place at 7 pm tonight.

“They are family friends spouses all of those things," Martin said. “I was praying on my own but I thought how nice and encouraging it would be to be able to have others gather together to let the residents know the staff know the administration know that we are behind them we are standing together we are working together and we are praying with them and surrounding them because of all the discomfort and stress we want them to know they aren’t by themselves.”

The vigil isn't just for the residents who have tested positive, it is also for the staff who have been working tirelessly to care for patients.

“There are hearts are so invested in these residents and I just want to lift them up," Martin said. "I just want to lift them up and the residents to give them some peace and comfort through this time it’s a very difficult time."

For Kathy Henson the prayer vigil was personal.

"I drive a bus and I take a lot of these people out here on a daily basis to dialysis and medical appointments, so they're more than just people that ride my bus, they're my family," she said.

Gary Johnson made the trip from Danville to pray for residents and staff.

"This thing is a scary situation, I hope people will take it seriously and abide by the practices and guidelines that have been given to us so it won't continue to spread," Johnson said.