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State champion soccer coach, also a doctor, stresses social distancing
Jason Levy, Republican-American

Holy Cross girls soccer coach Phil Mongelluzzo's day job gives him a lot of insight into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mogelluzzo is a doctor specializing in internal medicine who has run a private practice in Waterbury for 19 years. As much as he wants to get back on the field, he is more concerned with making sure if is safe for everyone to do so.

"I would like to pray for everybody's health and safety and remind everybody as a physician, the best thing you can do in this time of social distancing and isolation is to make sure you wash your hands vigorously for 20-30 seconds, make sure you heed the warning of our local and state health departments in terms of keeping your distance," Dr. Mongelluzzo said. "Just because the girls and boys are young doesn't mean they are immune to this. Make sure they practice safe social distancing at all times until we are able to gather in large groups again."

The Holy Cross girls won the state championship this past season.

In a bit of fortuitous timing, he sold his practice to Trinity Health of New England in October.

"As this came down the pike, it would have been very difficult from a business standpoint as a single practitioner to make ends meet," Dr. Mongelluzzo said. "Trinity has been amazing to work for. They have some wonderful things going on at a corporate level that they are helping with COVID-19 throughout the state. I am proud to be working with them."