This coming January, it will be two years since we received the bad news of the World-wide Pandemic. I continue to work to make certain that I learn all I can, do my part to assist our county and help our citizens understand what we are up against. These last two years as commissioner have been more intense than even my first two (2017 and 2018 – Chetco Bar and Klondike Fires) Wow! 2019 provided a little bit of a breather and then of course the last two years have been filled with non-stop weekly COVID research, adjustments, policies, meetings and responses.
Here is what I believe: We do not need to fear this pandemic. Our citizens do not need to feel intimidated. Somewhat of an analogy, all the years I ran the Rogue River Wilderness – I knew if I didn’t properly prepare in advance and failed to respect the river, there could be negative consequences. I also believe we have to encourage everyone to be reminded what the consequences can be if we don’t prepare ahead, respect the virus and focus all of our citizens toward their best health efforts. We all have a role in this serious personal responsibility. Again, in my view, we do not have to fear COVID, but no one should take it for granted either.
This virus and various strains are going to be with us for a long time, however we can win the battles and then, in the long term, ultimately win the war. It will though take a sense of community and everyone working together. I am not a doctor and far from being an expert. I have had the privilege though of consulting with medical people and other Curry professionals. There is, I believe, a reasonable level of logic relating to our battle lines during this critical time and with a keen eye on the future.
What follows are some relatively simple and routine tasks that can possibly help you and those you care about hopefully avoid serious illness from this virus.
Consistent, Daily Public Awareness
Stay home when possible - if it is not important to venture out
Group Gatherings – Commit to avoiding the larger groups
COVID Testing - If you’re uncertain – please arrange immediately to be tested
Hygiene Focus – Don’t touch your face and wash hands multiple times daily, etc.
Mask and Face Coverings – It is your personal choice, but please put the face coverings on anytime you’re around others.
Social distancing - Go back to and maintain the solid 6 ft. individual spacing
Most vulnerable – be on special watch for those we care about that have the greatest risk of infection
Consistent, Daily Personal Health Regiment
Proper Diet – suggest making your plate 3/4 full of veggies, fruit, grains and beans. These foods boost your ability to fight disease.
Exercise – Avoid being sedentary, sitting and inactivity as much as possible. Stretch and walk 2-3 times per week. Our bodies need challenged and it will also help us feel better.
Vitamin D 3
Green Tea and/or Quercetin
Also add Regular one-a-day Vitamins – Doctors say this will help with needed balances.
Generally, you don’t have to feel pressure on the precise doses of these recommended vitamins or look for perfection, however it’s wise to understand and implement proper amounts.
If you have questions, there are professional people and organizations here that will help you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Help others as much as you can and with that commitment, Curry County will make a comeback stronger than ever!
Curry County commissioner