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We’re all in this together

March 27, 2020

Like everyone else in this community and throughout the world, we at the Cape Gazette are feeling the real but uncertain effects of the spreading coronavirus. Most of us are working from home at reduced hours, all of us are taking significant pay cuts, we’re limiting access to our offices, but we’re thankful to still be publishing and distributing our newspapers and website to thousands of readers who have come to depend on us to keep them informed about their community.

We are deeply grateful to the postal workers who have remained constant – for us that’s more than a quarter of a century – in delivering almost 8,000 newspapers every Tuesday and Friday to our mail subscribers. That system and those workers are vital to keeping us all linked in this community and nation.

Though all of us in this intertwined community are gravely concerned about the health implications of the coronavirus, and our economy is seriously crippled, we all are still forging ahead, surviving as best we can, and seeing constant acts of caring and kindness toward one another.

One observer said he has noticed $5, $10 and $20 bills in tip jars where before there were just ones.

We are all in this together, and there is nothing normal about what we are experiencing. Beebe Healthcare – treating at least one patient infected with the coronavirus at its main inpatient facility in Lewes – is actually experiencing reduced numbers of patients in its beds.

Postponed nonemergency surgeries are keeping beds open in case of a possible spike in coronavirus cases.

Sussex paramedics spokesman Glenn Marshall says that, while COVID-19 is getting all the headlines, most of the calls for service continue as usual: cardiac and flu-related issues, and heroin overdoses. With streets and roads quiet, trauma-related issues are even fewer than would normally be expected in this off-season time of the year.

Given the uncertainty about the spread of this disease, we have little choice but to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

 

  • Editorials are considered by the editorial board and written by Dennis Forney, publisher emeritus, and Laura Ritter, news editor, with occasional contributions from other board members: Trish Vernon, CoPublisher and Editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; Nick Roth, sports editor; and Chris Rausch, CoPublisher and General Manager.

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