I want to publicly thank our local doctors and health care workers for working on the front line of the coronavirus. Their load is heavy both physically and emotionally while caring for so many patients under extraordinary conditions.

Not only are they risking their health, but they’re also bearing the burden of potentially infecting their families and so many of them are self-isolating from their families to decrease the risk of spreading the infection. To say we all owe them a deep debt of gratitude is an understatement.

I hope Congress recognizes doctors for their heroic actions throughout this crisis. Congress took care of first responders after 9/11 and the same recognition for doctors only seems appropriate today. They too have rushed “into the fire” to save others.

During negotiations for the next economic stimulus package, Congress needs to prioritize health care providers. With support from Sen. Romney and Sen. Lee — and appreciation from Utahans — our doctors will emerge from this crisis prepared to get back to their regular practices and procedures. Let’s hope that day comes sooner than later.

Karen Lozano