Tired of this yet? I know I am. Our county now has in excess of 500 positive cases since the beginning of this mess. And, double digits for the death count. Vaccinations for front-line healthcare workers get underway this week. Not enough for all of them, but it’s a start. Please protect yourselves and others.
Our county has been fortunate in having a relatively low severity of illness with our 200+ COVID cases. But, we’ve had a few folks hospitalized, some requiring ICU care. More will occur, and deaths will follow.
Social media posts abound that are filled with misleading information, encouragement to ignore guidelines, continue to gather in groups, etc., etc. There is one about gathering with your family and friends for Thanksgiving – because you never know – it might be the last one for some of them. That’s true, but it may also be the last one because someone picked up the virus at the gathering. Hey – it was was a great Thanksgiving Day, but grandma died.
Many people follow guidelines aimed at protecting them and others. Many don’t. And when you make choices to not follow mask, social gathering, social distance guidelines, and continue to send your kids to their extra-curricular events, then freak out when someone you’ve been around tests positive . . . . think about your choices.
As of this writing there are no residents of Lake County with confirmed COVID-19. It is realistic to assume that there are people who have it or have had it and recovered. Our local healthcare system has done some testing within the guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Those tests are processed outside of Lake County, but ALL positive results are attributed to the county of residence, which is verified by direct contact with MDH.
Please follow the guidelines provided by the Governor’s office, MDH, and CDC. If you think it’s all some sort of plot, that’s ok – just view it as a plot to keep you safe, limit the spread, and flatten the curve so the surge in cases doesn’t overwhelm our capabilities.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care.