By writer to www.sleepyeyenews.com
The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic international occasion we’re all feeling to a point in our group.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic international occasion we’re all feeling to a point in our group. Whereas we haven’t skilled the overwhelming surge in medical wants, sickness, and loss of life, like New York or Italy, we’re experiencing the sickness and have misplaced lives right here in Minnesota. We’re feeling a major affect in our workplaces, households, and the native economic system. Companies have needed to shut, folks have misplaced their jobs, college students are not gathering for the varsity day, and oldsters have turn into academics at house. Weddings, funerals, birthday events, concert events, proms, graduations, fundraisers and lots of different occasions have been canceled. We have now been requested to STAY HOME except we’re a important infrastructure worker or a healthcare employee. Our lives have been turned the wrong way up!
Details about COVID-19 is coming from all over the place. We have now entry to steady info on the subject and far of it’s altering day by day, even by the trusted sources, as we discover extra out concerning the virus. A few of the info is just not correct and there are a selection of opinions and projections from quite a few sources.
All of that is extraordinarily overwhelming and really troublesome for a lot of, if not everybody.
By all of this, I see daily how robust and resilient persons are locally of Brown County. I see folks following arrows in grocery shops. I’ve watched organizations come collectively to make sure these with essentially the most want have entry to meals and emergency assist. I’ve seen native enterprise house owners and faculties step as much as assist to offer help or make selfmade masks.
In my own residence, we’re a current kidney transplant household; we’re going to some extremes to remain secure. A silver lining to all of that is witnessing how a group comes collectively in occasions of want. Because the county’s director of public well being, I wish to thanks, our group, for all of the sacrifices you’ve made to guard our group.
Public well being specialists throughout the nation are seeing that social distancing helps to minimize the horrible burden our nation is experiencing proper now. Even with the efforts we’ve all made, Minnesota has many households already impacted with the loss of life of a beloved one, together with one right here in Brown County. The efforts being made throughout Minnesota have seemingly prevented many extra deaths already. That is obvious in the way in which we’ve been in a position to flatten the curve. Minnesota has the bottom COVID-19 lab confirmed instances per capita in our area.
Gov. Tim Walz introduced that Minnesota’s keep at house order will likely be in impact till Could four and the peace time emergency till Could 13. If we don’t give the virus anybody to leap to, it dies when every contaminated individual fights off the virus.
Every day we don’t see accelerating transmission regionally, is one other day our native hospitals and clinics have to arrange hospital beds and accumulate the required tools to maintain our first responders and healthcare professionals secure. It additionally permits our glorious healthcare services to work on growing doable therapy, improved testing capability, and finally a vaccine. By limiting transmission, our medical system has been in a position to present the very best care doable to these affected by extreme infections.
The work that the entire frontline healthcare staff, and the entire different important staff, are doing is past outstanding. There are such a lot of important service companies and staff which were going to work, or working from house, so we will all have what we’d like. It’s really a cooperative effort and we have to attempt to hold these staff secure from sickness so we would not have an interruption in service.
Nevertheless, everyone knows this isn’t straightforward. Companies must re-open, folks naturally want social interplay, and I will likely be joyful to rejoin my public well being crew within the workplace and hug my grandchildren. The work we’re doing to steer clear of others is troublesome, however additionally it is actually saving lives in our group.
There will likely be a time to start out getting again to work and college, however we aren’t there fairly but. As we transfer in the direction of re opening sure issues and getting folks again to work, I urge everybody to comply with the steering. With outside recreation opening up per the governor’s order, we have to keep in mind that the order comes with tips for social distancing of six toes, which continues to be essential. Sporting masks when out in public, the place social distancing is troublesome, will assist to scale back transmission of the virus, particularly if somebody that has the virus is just not symptomatic but.
And naturally STAY HOME in case you are sick. Have another person give you important service objects by leaving them on the doorstep. If you’re sick with signs of COVID-19 and you are feeling you want medical care, please entry your healthcare supplier by telephone, or by way of a digital contact first, earlier than presenting to the clinic or emergency room with signs.
If you’re having issue along with your psychological wellbeing from the stress of COVID-19, I encourage you to succeed in out and ask for assist. Yow will discover sources for that on our Brown County web site or name our important providers hotline for the sources at 507-233-6808, Monday by way of Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or go away a message.
I wish to encourage all of us to remain vigilant for a couple of extra weeks, because the state management on this response start to slowly restore our group norms. If we do that as a group, we will hold making selections about learn how to navigate by way of this collectively, as a substitute of the virus making the choices for us.
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