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To you so that we could get more tables outside s. Oh, there have been some a few silver linings to this terrible cloud over our industry, but we're just happy to have Employees employed. Our restaurants exist and we know that we're going to come back from this. Hopefully this spring or summer as the world starts to settle post vaccine and come out of this pandemic. Jason Berry, founder of Need Hospitality and design at the Washington D. C restaurant company that will pay its workers to get the covert 19 vaccine, Jason thank you very much for speaking with us and best of luck to you. My pleasure. Thanks for having me on Public health leaders on the local level are usually low profile. But in this pandemic, many of them especially in rule areas are the public faces of the shutdown, and that's made them into targets of angry social media campaigns of protests outside of their home, even death threats. Colorado Public Radio's Andrea Dukakis has the story from that state. It was another week of constant work. No sleep irate citizens in December near the holidays making Hillman decided she needed something anything to feel good about Her job is public health director. I went out and gave vaccine at the nursing home because We're feet down. Tillman was a physician assistant in her old life. Now she heads up public health into rural counties on Colorado's Eastern Plains. We were crying with happy crying. It's so nice to be able to Do something that is appreciated. And you're told. Thank you. Hillman hasn't heard a lot of thank you. Since the pandemic began, She has gotten angry letters, Emails, threats about covert 19 restrictions. One threat, the sheriff and district attorney investigated. On the other side of the state. The threats came home for Lee and Galan. She's the public health director for two counties in the Southwest, a career she took up after being a social worker and dinners. Last month, she was working at home on a zoom call with local officials. But then I kind of hood, this invoices and something that I couldn't quite make out. And then I heard a loud banging And so at the loud banging, I went into my window outside. She saw about 20 protesters, 6 ft. From her door. There was a man holding a huge sign that said, End the lockdown and she was yelling a bad person lives here. She told the officials on Zoom what was happening, then hung up and called the chief of police law enforcement came, Jelen says the protesters left after a few hours. There were no arrests. I don't love being in this pandemic anymore than anybody else. I don't love wearing masks. I miss seeing my friends and family. I miss going over to people's houses. I miss hugging people. I miss eating at restaurants. But this is my job, And if I didn't do the things that I'm doing as a public health director, I would be negligent in my duties. Ironically, Lan says she's also faced threats from people who don't think the cove in 19 restrictions go far enough. Dylan has faced this outpouring of anger for many months, just like her counterpart in Gunnison County, Joanie Reynolds. Police have been monitoring threats against her since April. On the day of the insurrection in D. C. Reynolds heard about a new post on social media. I mean, they just talked about, um you know what to do with me and whether they should sue me or whether they should have a protest at my house or whether they should hang me from a branch of justice. Stories like this from Reynolds, Jolan and helmet and have led to what one public official calls a brain drain since the pandemic began, and it's happening across the country. Laurie Freeman is the CEO of the National Association of County and City Health workers, and it doesn't really matter whether it's a red or a blue, state or county. Or whether it's rural urban Suburban nationally, more than 80 public health officials have resigned or been fired. Since the start of the pandemic. Here in Colorado, about a dozen of the state's 53 public health directors have left their jobs. That trend is caught the attention of state lawmakers like Democratic representative Yadira Caravaggio in the middle look endemic. It's really concerning toe lose that expertise because these individuals aren't allowed do their jobs safely because they're having to worry about if somebody's going to target their family or themselves. Cara Veil plants to sponsor a bill to protect the personal information of state and local health care workers, it won't fix the problem altogether. It Especially in the short term, but LeAnn Dylan says she plans to see it through. There is a job that needs to get done. We have a mission right now. I am committed to seeing through that mission. And to seeing an end to covert 19 in southwest Colorado for here, and now I'm Andrea Dukakis..

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