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Bell Ringing, Howl to Mark a Year of COVID
St. Luke’s Wood River was emptied out in the early days of the pandemic.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021


St. Luke’s is inviting the community to ring bells and sound sirens for one minute at noon Saturday, March 13, to mark the anniversary of the first identified case of COVID-19 in Idaho.

Bells will ring inside St. Luke’s hospitals. And others are invited to step outside and ring their own bells and chimes as they collectively reflect on what has happened and the compassion and resiliency various communities have shown.

“We want to acknowledge the lives lost and changed forever and the resiliency of our team and our communities,” said Joy Prudek, communications manager for St. Luke’s Wood River. “We also want to reiterate that we are not done yet and not to let your guard down.”

In the past 12 months nearly 1,900 Idahoans have lost their lives from the coronavirus, more than 7,000 Idahoans have been hospitalized and at least 173,000 Idahoans have contracted the virus. Even more have certainly had the virus but were unable to get tested due to limited testing supplies in the early days of the pandemic.

Saturday’s bell ringing will mark the end of a 24-hour reflection period within St. Luke’s hospitals.

At noon Friday March 12, St. Luke’s chaplains will lead employees, patients and visitors in observing a moment of silence for those who have been lost to COVID. Employees will be supported by leaders and spiritual care teams.

St. Luke’s will also provide an online bell ringing post on its social media pages on Saturday morning for those who prefer a virtual reflection. People are encouraged to repost it using the hashtag #IDCOVID19. on Saturday.

A howl-in will cap the night at 8 p.m., reprising the nightly howls Wood River Valley residents staged in March and early April to pay tribute to frontline workers.



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