The number of COVID-19 cases in Baldwin County is not subsiding. 

The health crisis is not over. As of Friday’s 3:30 p.m. report from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Baldwin County has experienced 30 deaths attributed to the virus and 414 confirmed cases reported. 

Please take this seriously. Stay vigilant, even as businesses and day-to-day activities reemerge. Yes, some of the surge can be attributed to increased local testing, but decreased mask-wearing and social distancing are factors as well. 

As businesses continue to reopen, health officials emphasize the importance of continuing to wear a mask, social distancing from others and sanitizing frequently.

We couldn’t agree more.

While many people seem to have moved on, the coronavirus has not.

It is still here. People are still getting sick. People still face the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Yet, we also understand that people are ready to return to their lives. We understand people are concerned about the economy and their livelihoods – the need to work, the need to earn an income as bills continue coming due.

We urge people to follow all guidelines: Maintain safe distancing. Respect other people’s space. Avoid crowds. Wear masks. Stay home if feeling sick.

We want to emphasize that large gatherings — ranging from in-person church services to on-the-street protests where social distancing is not taking place and people are not wearing protective masks — are dangerous. 

The danger of COVID-19 has not passed. 

The proof is in the numbers. 

Be smart. 

Take precautions. 

Wash your hands. 

Social distance. 

Wear a mask.

Stay safe. 

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