Covid is out of control. It doesn't have to be this way.
We have a lot to be proud up here on South Whidbey, where we've done a fantastic job with Covid-19 so far. Langley, Freeland and Clinton have limited the number of cases to 41 since February. Thank you to everyone who has taken this virus seriously, continues to wear masks and does all the other things experts say limits the spread of this wily virus.
I want to tell you what your commitment to stop this virus means to our family. It has saved our business, and livelihood. It has kept our parents and our newborn safe. It has kept our staff and their family members safe. Limiting social interactions and wearing masks has helped to save many small businesses on South Whidbey. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
As we go into the holiday season, there is a higher risk of spread. It's getting colder, so we can't be outside as much. There is the temptation to have social gatherings during the holidays etc. Some of you may be sick of wearing your mask. I understand all of these feelings. I feel this way, but we have to keep up our best practices. This is not the time for extended family to visit for the holidays. Next year will be different. This won't last forever.
The most important test of our resolve is upon us. Forget the last 8 months, think of right now as the beginning of the pandemic. I am pleading with all of you to keep it up. Don't let the high numbers across the country get you depressed, we can still keep our local numbers down. Wear your mask, wash your hands, limit social interactions...You know the drill. Thank you. - Ben