As a precaution to protect the safety and well-being of our communities and our team, who are scattered throughout Appalachia Kentucky, SOAR is suspending non-essential travel, moving our team to remote working for the next two weeks, and postponing all events for the remainder of March.
We will continue to monitor developments and make decisions based on information provided by local, state, and national public health officials with awareness and vigilance. Even though these measures are a disruption of our normal, it is imperative that we take measures to help “flatten the curve” in the fight against widespread infection of COVID-19 (the coronavirus).
I am asking you to consider taking similar steps as we all work together to address this pressing issue. We have seen the dangers of not acting quickly, and sadly, witnessed the tragic overwhelming of local healthcare facilities in other countries. This is not about us, as individuals, but how we can play a role in preventing the rapid spread of the virus to protect those most vulnerable in our communities.
Local, state, and national public health officials, including our CDC liaison Dr. Margo Riggs, are working around the clock to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The best defense is to wash our hands, more than usual, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water, follow suggested guidelines for travel, and practice social distancing, which is key in preventing the widespread infection of COVID-19, and why we have chosen to do our part in helping to keep our communities safe.
In this season of disruption, we are reminded of how quickly things can change and what is most important in life. We are truly blessed to live in this region, and I am confident Appalachia Kentucky will come out stronger on the other side of this current challenge.
As I’ve said for years, with a little faith and lot of grit, our people always push through.