The parade took place exactly six weeks after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, a pandemic. Since the virus arrived in Georgia, healthcare workers have faced unprecedented circumstances as the number of cases has grown and the amount of supplies available to treat the disease has shrunk.
In a video released by the department, dozens of marked police vehicles can be seen driving through a hospital lot, blue lights flashing. In the video, clusters of people, many of whom are healthcare workers still dressed in scrubs and white coats, are lined up nearby.
Last night Lawrenceville PD along with officers from every agency in Gwinnett County came out to Northside Hospital to show our appreciation for healthcare workers. Here’s a little video of the parade we had for them. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/KEQUhSTrAI
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.