We are blessed to live in a country that provides certain freedoms others do not have. If you are reading this article, I hope you are reading it in the comfort of your home.
We are at a pivotal point in Hamblen County and the Lakeway Area in our fight against COVID-19. The virus will not go away unless we stay away…from each other, from our family members, from events, even from touching our own mouths. Yes, this is tough, and it violates our freedom.
Hamblen County’s COVID-19 Task Force is made of very capable community leaders. We are blessed that David Purkey stepped into action and is partnering with Mayor Brittain to keep us safe.
Let me be very clear: Things will not get better unless we do our part.
The way we end this is to work together to follow the CDC guidelines.
Want to get back to work? Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
Want your kid to go back to school? Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from all people.
College students, want to go to your college graduation? Don’t go out with your friends.
Want to re-open your business? Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
Want life to get back to normal? Stay at home until the coast is clear.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank those members of our healthcare, pharmaceutical, and grocery communities who are literally putting their lives on the line every day to keep our community healthy and fed.
I also want to thank everyone for their support of small businesses during this time. Unfortunately, many of them are experiencing an extreme drop in sales, and some have had to close their doors. Many of them are customers of Strate Insurance Group. Please continue to support local businesses as much as possible, but do it safely and within the recommended CDC guidelines. Order take-out or delivery and wipe down the to-go boxes with disinfectant.
People have put aside their normal lives, and on an enormous scale, are making sacrifices for the good of everyone. They are, effectively, pulling together to keep apart. In no context is it more crucial to think globally and act locally.
We can end this virus, but it takes all of us working together to stop the spread. Volunteer to stay home so the virus will go away.