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Sat, April 04

Editorial: We must come together at this time

Now is the time for our communities to show their courage and resolution.

As the counts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been increasing across the earth and the nation, it was inevitable that it would come to Yavapai County.

It did, officially, on Thursday, March 19. A 72-year-old Sedona resident is presumptive positive, health officials said.

That has kicked into action plans by local and state officials, such as: no dine-in for restaurants, only to-go orders allowed; bars, gyms and theaters are to close; and more. And while schools are already shuttered — now at least through April 12 — other businesses and public services had already started to adapt.

Our neighbors work at those schools, businesses and offices. We, the residents who are our communities, are still here.

To remain so — and be healthy and safe — we must come together and support our local businesses and neighbors.

If someone at your place of business or in your neighborhood is sick, help them by running errands for them, such as buying some groceries and leaving them on their front porch.

Pick your favorite business(es) and buy a gift certificate; this would put some money in their pockets, while you wait 90 days or more to redeem the voucher.

Order takeout from a restaurant — they are still open.

Check on your friends and neighbors — are they doing OK? Winter weather is continuing — shovel their driveway.

Share a book, bleach, eggs, … how about a roll of toilet paper?

It can even be a smile or helping someone find something in a store. Be kind, because confrontations are not going to help this situation.

Along those lines, if your favorite meal or ingredient is sold out, it is not the fault of the workers in the stores. In fact, instead of buying three of something, leave one or two on the shelf for someone else.

Our communities have come together when the chips have been down before. In times past the tragedy involved a fire or, in 2013, the Hotshots’ deaths.

This time it is a pesky virus that, like a fire, does not discriminate.

You are our community, we are your newspaper. Join us in fighting these misfortunes.

As a famous author said it: “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

— Prescott News Network Editorial Board

To view the local and regional updates concerning COVID-19 for free, visit dcourier.com/covid-19.

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