Since experts don’t seem to agree, use ‘COVID common sense’

By Brent Frazier, mayor City of Pelican Rapids

With the warm summer weather approaching, there have been suggestions that the COVID-19 will be diminished and the possibility that it will be eliminated. As good as that assumption may sound to each of us; it probably won’t become a reality.

We do know that in the summer months most of us are in the outdoor atmosphere much more than we are in the winter months, therefore we aren’t in close quarters with others and our social distancing is much improved. This factor will help to stop the spread of the COVID-19.

There are many experts, and so-called experts, giving their predictions on the COVID-19 during the upcoming months and lo and behold not all of them can agree on a conclusive prediction.

In the mean time we will wait it out by listening to the facts, avoiding the fearmongering and use our own common sense when we are out in the public.

Recently Minnesota Governor Tim Walz extended the State of Emergency for Minnesota for another 30 days, but he let the ‘Stay At Home” Executive Order expire on Monday, May 18, 2020. His administration is currently developing plans for bars, restaurants, gyms and salons to reopen by June 1.

As of Sunday, May 17, there have been 15,688 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, and of that amount 10,175 people no longer require the need to be isolated, which means they are believed to have recovered from this virus.

Here in Pelican Rapids, there have been 13 positive COVID-19 cases as of the end of last week, and a few of those early diagnosed cases are soon set to return back to work.

The employers in Pelican Rapids have done an outstanding job to keep their employees and the public safe and healthy during this pandemic but, they ‘can only do what they can do at the business location.’

What happens after business hours is the total responsibility of the employees. We all must completely understand that we need to practice our social distancing when we are not at work and out in the public. This must be taken very seriously to protect our families, our friends and yourself.

I urge you all to follow the proper recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Stay at home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
• Utilize your social distancing skills by staying 6 feet away from others.

The correct plan and procedure to defeat the COVID-19 starts at our own doorstep. Let us all do our part to keep our community safe and healthy