If you follow the weekly updates provided by the Crawford and Phelps counties health departments that regularly appear in our three newspapers, or keep track of cases on the Missouri COVID Dashboard, then one thing is for certain—we are headed in the wrong direction in our local efforts to combat the virus.
At least two area high schools have announced major changes in how they will be handling crowds at sporting events this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The bottom line is: if you don’t have a kid participating, you might just want to plan to stay at home and read about your favorite team in your favorite newspaper.
As we continue to see COVID-19 cases grow in our area—not just total cases, but cases reported over the past two weeks—we are increasing the likelihood the disease is going to impact some of our most vulnerable residents—those living in nursing homes.
No matter where you stand on schools reopening and mask wearing, there is one thing you have to acknowledge right now—our area school districts have done some outstanding planning for the 2020-21 school year. Will it work? We’re about to find out.
“I just want to get back to normal.” People say it all the time. It’s an appropriate feeling, but these are far from normal times. If we want to get back to normal, we must all look at our “wants” versus our “needs.”