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North Bergen ‘superhero’ nurse praised by Governor, Mayor

Lorna Miquiabas has been working in critical care treating COVID-19 patients

As the death toll from COVID-19 increases in Hudson County, Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy have taken the time to shout out the various healthcare workers who are working overtime to keep infected residents alive.

Recently, Gov. Murphy honored one of Hudson County’s many nurses working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Bergen.

Lorna “Mickie” Miquiabas is a recovery room nurse at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen.

“She has stepped up to the plate and is working in critical care, treating #COVID19 patients, all of whom are on ventilators,” Gov. Murphy said. “She is a superhero. We cannot thank her enough.”

Mayor Nicholas Sacco seconded the governor, also thanking Miquiabas for her service during the crisis. In a video posted online, Mayor Sacco called her “one of the many, many, many true front line heroes among us.”

“To her, and everybody at Palisades Medical and at every single one of our hospitals – you are our superheroes,” Mayor Sacco continued. “Mickie is just one example of thousands, literally, of others doing the right thing to help us get through this and emerge stronger. Some are nurses. Some are business people. Some are just everyday New Jerseyans. Some, as I mentioned, are working at NJ Transit, or in retail, essential retail like supermarkets and pharmacies. But each and every one of them deserve our thanks.”

To continue to recognize New Jersey’s heroic essential employees, Gov. Murphy and the First Lady urge residents to use the hashtag #NJThanksYou to post photos and messages of gratitude featuring essential workers in the community on their social media accounts.

Calling all “superheroes”

Mayor Sacco also recently honored healthcare “superheroes” like Miquiabas on social media on April 7 for World Health Day.

“Today is World Health Day, and we would like to take this time to thank all of our Health Care Professionals on the front lines during this pandemic,” Sacco said. “We appreciate your hard work in keeping us safe.”

While elected officials and the community continue to thank healthcare workers who are currently battling at the front line of the pandemic, the need for more workers has never been higher.

North Bergen, in conjunction with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) and neighboring municipalities has opened a new Coronavirus testing center at 36th Street between Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard in Union City.
Now, volunteers are needed to help staff the center.

Any volunteers with medical backgrounds such as doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical professionals, are needed to help conduct testing at the Union City location.

Non-medical volunteers are also needed to assist in the call center for appointment scheduling.

To volunteer please contact Rebecca Acosta at 201-388-4633 or racosta@nhcac.org.

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