The Coronavirus Crisis has been hard on all of us but I am proud of how well our community is responding to the challenge, especially in our smaller townships.
Through natural disasters, through fires, floods and droughts, our region has always displayed considerable resilience.
With our schools closed to all but the children of essential service workers and those who cannot study at home and many facing extended isolation it is important we draw on that resilience and continue to look out for one another.
I am particularly concerned about those enduring the lock-down alone. If you know of someone in isolation without household or family support, I encourage you to pick up the phone and call them. Any and every act of simple kindness can make a huge difference at a time like this.
My office is available to help during the lock-down. We have fielded many requests for assistance and information and while we cannot always help, we often know who can.
If you are running a small business, we can point you to multiple state and federal government programs. If you are out of work or having difficulty with your employment, we can also let you know what measures have been put in place to help through the crisis. If you are having difficulty sourcing the basics like food and hygiene products, we can direct you to state government support.
Check in with your family and friends and take care of yourself. This is an unprecedented event and there is no “normal” way to handle it. If you are feeling overwhelmed, as many of us rightfully have been, reach out to others. It is OK to be uncertain or worried or fearful during a time like this. It is OK to ask for help.
Our country and our region have displayed incredible efforts and co-operation in reducing the spread of the virus and our collective efforts are succeeding – the proof is the low rate of infection.
Stay safe. Stay home.