Statement on COVID-19 as toll reaches 100,000

As the nation pushes to open up for business, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise. The first known death was on Feb. 6. It took until April 24 – over two months – to reach 50,000 deaths. Now, just about a month later, we are approaching 100,000 souls lost to COVID-19 in the United States.

And counting.

The numbers will surely rise until we have a scientifically proven and safe vaccine that can be widely distributed. In the meantime, we need more testing. We need more contact tracing. We need everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing as much as possible, particularly those most vulnerable.

Above all else, we need more patience with each other as we continue to face the kind of global pandemic we haven’t seen in over 100 years. So as stay-home orders ease and we step back out into the world, we have to stop seeing each other as the enemy and work together to limit the spread as we move to restart the economy. Isn’t that what we all want?

We can do this. Together.



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