Dear Neighbors & Friends,
I’m writing this as we are in the middle of who knows what to call it. The pandemic is still very real, but efforts are underway to slowly open back up and figure out what the new normal is for our future. First, I want to invite you to a virtual Town Hall Monday night with Senator Begich. Please see below for more details.
I am cautious about opening back up because in some places that have opened up there has been a spike in illnesses. For example, in Georgia there have been hundreds of new cases since they reopened. Of course we aren’t like all these other places, but we also are no less vulnerable to the disease so we must be careful. Others have suggested the concept of herd immunity as a way to address this pandemic. In a news story today Dr. Zink spoke about why this disease isn’t a good candidate for a herd immunity effort.
This is really hard and most of us have never been through it. Then there’s this woman. Angelina Freeman just turned 101 this week and now has lived through 2 pandemics! I love these stories! If she can do it so can we!
I’m so grateful for everyone following safety guidelines and keeping up the attitude of “we are in this together.”
MONDAY NIGHT TOWN HALL
Senator Begich and I are hoping you can join us Monday evening at 6 pm for a virtual Town Hall. We want to answer your questions about Covid-19 response and we want to hear from you. The state is receiving significant federal aid. We are still working to understand exactly how the funds can be used and what the unmet needs are for neighbors. I’m pushing on premium pay and rental relief because those are allowable uses that would go a long way to assisting neighbors during this difficult time.
What are your ideas? Please help us make these dollars go to the highest need and help the most Alaskans!
UPCOMING COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Community Councils are now doing some online meetings, although in May some transition to summer and stop meeting.
This weekend Russian Jack Community Council is hosting the Russian Jack Park Clean Up. What a fun way to get out and see each other because we have plenty of room to practice good physical distancing. I’ll be there and would love to see you!
We will keep you posted on future meetings.
Until next week,
P.S. Please let us know if we can help you with any Covid-19 questions. We are available, although to practice safe physical distancing, are working remotely. If you get voicemail for the office phone you can call me on my cell at 360-4047.