From left, nurse Melissa Pasano, Dr. Shakeel Usmani and ER nurse manager Courtney Seamans stand in Auburn Community Hospital. The three have treated several COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began in the U.S. in March.

Provided David Wilcox

COVID-19 is real. And though it doesn’t need to be feared, it does need to be respected.

That’s the consensus of three Auburn Community Hospital staff members who spoke with The Citizen last week about their experiences treating people with the virus, including the eight in Cayuga County who have died from it. As local cases surge, far past their peak when the pandemic began in the U.S. in the spring, the three health care providers are asking the community to show that respect to

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