I applaud our governor’s approach to managing the COVID pandemic throughout our commonwealth, including within Union County. The COVID-19 virus poses a dual threat. It causes serious illness and death, and it has profoundly impacted our economy. Our nation has lost more than 112,000 lives, more than 6,000 of these in Pennsylvania.

The virus has attacked our most important resource — the lives of the people of our state. The economic impact has been felt in lost income, lost jobs and the shutdown of businesses. Recognizing that the major risk to be contained was the swift, deadly spread of the virus itself, Congress and the governor first took action to slow the virus spread through drastic social distancing of people. Staying home worked. While there are COVID cases, the much-feared spike in such cases has not overwhelmed the hospitals of our area. But our economy took a massive hit as we stayed home.

Stacy Richards is a Union County commissioner.

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