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Fighting on both fronts

 Erika Blair is battling the COVID-19 pandemic on two fronts. On one hand, she is a healthcare worker on the front lines. On the other hand, she’s a small business owner trying to survive a struggling economy due to the virus-induced shutdown. Still, she’s doing her best to give back as much as she can.  Blair works at the Zip Clinic Urgent Care facility in Elizabethtown. As the virus developed, her concerns grew, and she wanted to help in whatever way she could.  “As a healthcare worker, I really wanted to make sure we were doing something to give back to the healthcare community and the first responders,” said Blair.  She and her husband own Blair Towing and Recovery. They started offering their services for free in Meade County to those first responders and essential personnel.  Once people affected by the virus began to depend more and more on employment, she and her husband wanted to do more. They did a $100 gift card drawing on their Facebook page. Meade County and Hardin County residents were included.  “It’s just $100, but that’s enough to help somebody pay an electric bill or get groceries for the house.”  In addition to the financial impact on her small business, the virus has also affected the number of hours she’s working at the clinic.  “Our business has actually dropped down in the urgent care facility,” said Blair. “We went from seeing 100 people a day to 20 people a day, which, of course, affects me financially because my hours get cut.”  She says that she believes the measures put into place in Kentucky have worked better than what some of the other states have been doing, and she urges the public to continue following the recommendations.  “It’s really about protecting our most vulnerable population,” said Blair. “Yes, most people will do fine with the virus, but the ones that can’t need to be protected.”

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