As of presstime on Wednesday, March 18, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Seminole County and most local businesses are operating as usual while remaining flexible in their future plans. However, life here and in counties throughout America — and in countries the world over is changing drastically. We’re physically distanced from our favorite people, we’re avoiding our favorite public places, and many are financially strained or out of work. The response to the Covid-19 pandemic is infiltrating every aspect of life, and we’re already longing for it to end. But this fight may not end for months or a year or even more.
We’re in this distancing effort because public health experts believe social distancing is the best way to prevent a truly horrific crisis: perhaps hundreds of thousands or more if our health care system is overwhelmed with severe Covid-19 cases, people who require ventilators and ICU beds that are now growing limited in supply.
Federal health leaders urge people to avoid gatherings of ten or more, to utilize restaurant drive through windows and continue proper hand washing. How long, then, until we’re no longer behind and are winning the fight against the novel Coronavirus? The hard truth is that it may keep infecting people and causing outbreaks until there’s a vaccine or treatment to stop it.
“Hurricane Michael taught us to be rather resilient, but we can’t be complacent with this health crisis,” commented Seminole County EMA Deputy Director Jeff Hatcher.
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Local authorities continue to work with our state and federal partners to give you the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding Coronavirus. Visit the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus and learn more about precautions you can take to protect yourself, your business, and your community.
Hatcher added, “The main point we wish to make is to follow the guidance of local health officials. City and county government is monitoring the situation closely and responding to needs as appropriate.
Take care of yourself and your family. This includes health and mental health. Any crisis can be stressful for individuals and families. Reach out if you need assistance and we will continue to provide updates through the Donalsonville News and EMA online sites.