COVID-19 is serious and it is surging. 

There are easy, simple steps we can all take to cut down on infections and to potentially save the life of someone you work with, go to church with or a member of your own family.

Avoid gatherings. 

Practice social distancing of six feet or more. 

Wash your hands frequently. 

Use hand sanitizer. 

Wear a mask.

In Tift County alone, we’ve had 721 confirmed cases and 26 deaths as of Monday afternoon.

In Georgia, we were a few hundred shy of 80,000 cases Monday, with 2,784 deaths.

Nationwide more than 120,000 people have died in just a few months. Worldwide almost half a million people have lost their lives.

If the rising number of cases here and across the country was just about more testing, then more people would not be hospitalized and dying. 

Hospitalizations are surging across the nation. 

When Gov. Brian Kemp lifted shelter-in-place orders, most people acted like the virus had somehow magically washed away. 

Nothing could be more removed from the truth. 

Our restaurants are crowded. 

Our stores are crowded. 

People are sitting next to each other in church, shaking hands and hugging.

Residents are flocking to the beach and then returning here to potentially infect their friends, family and others.

Most people are not wearing masks in public.

The most confusing thing of all is people are acting like this is some kind of political ploy.

There are those who are talking about this being a personal liberty issue and not about public safety.

Laws regulate seat belt usage, restrict us from drinking and driving and texting while driving. Few people complain about their personal liberty when it comes to those things because they understand that people who drink and drive or text and drive are putting others at risk. 

People not wearing masks are putting the people around them at risk. 

More people are being infected, more people are getting sick and more people are dying. 

How many more infections and how many more deaths will it take before everyone takes this seriously?

Like we said at the beginning, there are easy, simple steps we can all take to cut down on infections and to potentially save the life of someone you work with, go to church with or a member of your own family.

Avoid gatherings. 

Practice social distancing of six feet or more. 

Wash your hands frequently. 

Use hand sanitizer. 

Wear a mask.

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