Virginians give thanks to healthcare workers

By Paula Phounsavath | Contributing Writer

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) released a video message on April 17th thanking all Virginian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4:08-minute video message featured ODU President John R. Broderick, compilation of celebrities and high-profile figures from Virginia expressing their gratitude. 

Politicians Gov. Ralph Northam, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and first lady Dorthy McAuliffe, including former Gov. Bob McDonnell were present as well. In addition, celebrities such as Olivia Wilde, Timberland, Miss America 2020, Camille Schrier and former NBA defense Ben Wallace all were featured in the video. 

A VHHA press release stated its thanks and gratitude to these public figures. According to the press release, healthcare workers are the first line of defense against COVID-19. VHHA Vice President of Communications Julian Walker stated, “We share this video with the hospital and health care community, the Commonwealth, and the world at large as a token of our appreciation for the health care professionals who help keep us safe.” 

On Apr. 29th, President Broderick released a letter to the Monarch Community stating the campus will be open for Fall 2020. Though the campus is intended to open for the fall semester, the exact time and opening will be determined by the university.