How are you doing? I hope you and your loved ones are well.
We are living in unprecedented times as a community, state, country and even as humans. Directly or indirectly, we are all dealing with a massive public health emergency. The global Covid19 outbreak has substantially changed our norms of life, everything we used to do or enjoyed doing is changing. Schools are closed, nonessential businesses are closed, people are required to stay home.
We need and must follow the state guidelines of social distancing, staying 6 feet away from each other, regularly washing our hands and following the ‘stay at home’ order from the Governor of Vermont. This is not only his recommendation but also the request from our healthcare providers, doctors and nurses. As they say it best “we are showing up to work for you, please stay at home for us”. The virus is here in our community. Two days ago, I learned that a friend, who is a nurse, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Soon enough we all might know someone directly who is fighting to beat the virus. My deepest hope is that we don’t get there.
This outbreak has shown me more than ever before what Vermont is about when it comes to community mindedness. In Burlington, we have witnessed regular people stepping up to support one another – businesses showing innovation in keeping people employed, people donating funds to local organizations that directly support people in need, musicians providing concerts from their homes, sidewalks are filled with beautiful messages of support and hope.
An example is a FPF post yesterday on Ethan Allen Parkway from Liz Pieroni on Gazo Ave. seeking participation in a community art project: “All we have to do is to cut out a heart or hearts and then display them on your door or window. Feel free to write a wish for the community or people working hard to keep everyone safe such as our health care providers”. Please let’s show the wave of love through the New North End & Burlington. I know that my children, as part of their homeschooling schedule, enjoyed doing this project.
The impact of this outbreak cannot be seen or felt fully as of yet but we have to stay positive and hopeful by continuing the level of support and by stepping up to lend a hand in any way we can. I am confident that we will get through this and then start to think about the road to economic recovery as a state and city.
As you probably know, thousands of people have lost their jobs. The City has established a virtual Resource and Recovery Center. The contact info RRC is: email@example.com – 802-755-7239.
If you are an elder living in the New North End or someone with underlining health conditions in need of support to run errands such as medication pick up, grocery shopping, some light outdoor work, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-318-2527.
Hang in there, the best days are yet to come.
With love and gratitude