'A godsend to us’

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Ouray County has been able to ramp up testing, vaccination planning thanks to its first full-time public health nurse

  • Ouray County public health nurse Rebekah Stewart, shown here vaccinating Ouray Mountain Rescue Capt. Tim Pasek last month, worked as an emergency room nurse before being hired by the county last fall. Her addition to the county Public Health Agency has boosted the county’s ability to test for COVID-13, as well as plan for the later, larger phases of vaccinations. Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer
    Ouray County public health nurse Rebekah Stewart, shown here vaccinating Ouray Mountain Rescue Capt. Tim Pasek last month, worked as an emergency room nurse before being hired by the county last fall. Her addition to the county Public Health Agency has boosted the county’s ability to test for COVID-13, as well as plan for the later, larger phases of vaccinations. Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer
  • Ouray County public health nurse Rebekah Stewart was initially hesitant to leave working in a hospital setting — she previously worked as an emergency room nurse — but was encouraged to try something different by her father, who works in public health in Indiana. Liz Teitz — Ouray County Plaindealer
    Ouray County public health nurse Rebekah Stewart was initially hesitant to leave working in a hospital setting — she previously worked as an emergency room nurse — but was encouraged to try something different by her father, who works in public health in Indiana. Liz Teitz — Ouray County Plaindealer
Rebekah Stewart stood outside the Public Health office and approached each car that pulled up seeking a COVID-19 test. Standing several feet away from their open windows, she asked each person, “Can you tell me a little bit about why you’re being tested today?” One was a college student from Ouray who traveled home for Thanksgiving, then learned a classmate had tested positive. A couple who lives…

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