For those in our Cobb family who celebrated Easter yesterday, it will certainly be one they will all remember. The message of Easter is one of hope. In the autumn of my years I have been guided by the words that faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. What I hope for every day is our community working together to forge through this pandemic. What I am certain of is that we shall overcome this adversity because of the many acts of courage and kindness by people and groups.
I visited some of our first responders last week and was reassured by their confidence in continuing to perform their duties. They are joined by many other public servants who come to work daily and keep your government working in the background. The quiet dedication of our newest heroes in the health care community is inspirational. They are probably the most at-risk members in this pandemic and yet continue to show boldness and fearlessness by their actions. The countless volunteers in the faith and non-profit universe also put themselves in jeopardy by delivering food and services to those in need. Yet we see pictures of young and old distributing products. Sewing and knitting circles have redirected their efforts to make face masks. Members of our community who are in the National Guard are once again demonstrating the sacrifices that our citizen soldiers make. The Chamber of Commerce and similar associations are working to connect the business community with the benefits provided by federal government. I especially appreciate those members of the public who are staying at and home as much as possible and implementing social distance measures and health precautions. I am certain that I have omitted some deserving members. But the message is that we are all in this together.
For those who have lost loved ones during his time, we mourn for them. May they always find comfort in their many memories of them.
My faith in the people of Cobb has never been stronger. Their compassion is what gives me confidence in hope for a brighter future. There will come a day when we shall emerge from this pandemic and celebrate. Many of our acts of kindness will be unheralded. However, those may be the most meaningful because they came from the heart, knowing that when we were called, we answered.
The Director of Cobb Public Health, Dr Janet Memark, was in a very informative video recently. Below is the link to that interview.
To once again emphasize the most important measures to mitigate the spread of this virus (1) Stay home (2) practice social distancing (3) if you leave home, wear a face mask (4) when you return home, wash your hands for 20 seconds.