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We’ve come too far to give up on sheltering in place

COVID-19 numbers are increasing daily not only in the nation and world but also in the Miss-Lou.

With the rise in the numbers of infected people comes a rise in the number of people dying from the new coronavirus.

Adams County now has three reported resident deaths and Concordia Parish has two reported resident deaths.

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and our prayers also are with people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

For the most part, the Miss-Lou has been good at practicing social distancing and adhering to stay-at-home orders.

Our local leaders were quick to organize and create a plan to combat the spread of COVID-19 early on, thanks to Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell and his COVID-19 task force and the efforts of Vidalia Mayor Buz Craft and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Our numbers could be much worse if it were not for their early organization and efforts.

Still, now is not the time to give up.

We must continue to keep our distance from each other and stay out of groups of 10 or more people as much as possible.

Continuing the social distancing and stay-at-home orders is the right thing to do at least until the numbers start going down and better yet go away altogether.

Stay the course and stay well.