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One Year Later: UnityPoint Allen Hospital staff weighs in on pandemic one year

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - It's been more than a year since the coronavirus came to Iowa. However, the virus is still being fought by frontline health care workers.

KWWL spoke with UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo on how their staff has dealt with the virus over the past year.

Chief Nursing Officer Sarah Brown says her departments have been working together strategically to battle back COVID-19.

"I don't think any of us knew the impact COVID-19 was going to have on today's society," Brown says.

Brown says there's been times over the year where education was needed for those who didn't take virus mitigation seriously.

"To see people disregarding it was a little frustrating but I think as a nurse I would say there's still information they still need. I'm sure they are a reasonable, rational person they just need some more information," Brown says.

Brown also touched on the importance of communication between her departments, she highlighted the development of more team work amongst departments.

"We've seen departments grow so much closer together. Some of them are to the point where they call each other brother and sister," Brown says.

Brown says the vaccine administration is the first step to beating the virus, but wants Iowans to know the pandemic is far from over.

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