Bryan Health honors lives lost to COVID on two-year anniversary of pandemic

The bells at Bryan Health rang 488 times, once for each life lost to COVID-19 over the past two years at Bryan 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Emotions were high on Tuesday on Bryan Health’s east campus as bells were rang 488 times, one time for each life lost to COVID-19 over the past two years at Bryan.

As the city marks two years since the pandemic began, the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church bell choir, along with staff from Bryan, gathered outside to say a few words.

Under the warmth of the sun, tears were shed by nurses who had seen those 488 people take their final breaths. For the first time in a long time, they were all able to gather together to hopefully begin healing.

Bryan Vice President Bob Ravenscroft said he was thankful for the hard work staff had put in over the last two years. Without it, there was no telling how many more people would have been lost, he said.

“During the past two years, you kept hearing about being the front line of the pandemic response,” Ravenscroft said. “I really think the people who were the most moved by this, they weren’t the front line; they were the last line of defense. They tried to do everything.”

Ravenscroft said that the lull in cases is finally giving medical professionals a chance to breathe and that they are remaining cautiously optimistic.

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