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'I would personally rather be home, but I feel it's important work that we're still doing here.'

COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTIAN FODEN-VENCIL/OPB - Patty Beavers wears protective gear at Green Zebra grocery in Southeast Portland, "I'm just grateful that I'm able to work right now. … Just hang in there, be clean, be safe, this will pass. It always has and it will."Waldo McGuiness operates the elevator that takes people from the shops of downtown Oregon City to the shops above the bluff.

"We do have the operators actually still in the vicinity of the elevator, that's in order to keep the six-foot distance," McGuiness explained. "We are staying out of the cab and instead what we're doing is still counting people and every 30 minutes or 30 people we're wiping down the surfaces of the elevator and making sure everything is clean."

It's tough to be at work when everyone else is social distancing at home. "I would personally rather be home, but I feel it's important work that we're still doing here," said McGuiness.

In a new public service announcement voiced by Gov. Kate Brown, she encourages Oregonians to stay home and she singles out people like bus drivers and health care workers, saying "It's in times like these we realize who the real heroes are," she said.

"They are the ones that keep the world turning. Who everyday come face to face with the same enemy everyone is being told to avoid. They're out there for you. Stay home for them."

This OPB story is shared as part of a local media project to increase COVID-19 news coverage.


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