Remember when California was burning down? Remember how we had no idea where the fires were going to go? When the fires were going to start? When the fires were going to be put out? Remember when everyone rallied together to keep people safe? Remember how we didn’t wait to see if the fire was in our driveway to evacuate? Remember when we focused on the causes after the fact and focused on public safety in the moment?
This is the same. Once the positive cases are in your city, your school, your church, it’s too late. So, yes, we’re being abundantly cautious. No, we are not trying to control the public psyche in order to deplete the world’s stock of toilet paper.
We are proactively putting protocols in place to attempt to keep the public safe from something that is here, but has a high level of uncertainty, just like the fires. Fire fighters don’t throw buckets of water on a blazing fire, they proactively build fire lines to protect the parts that haven’t been burned yet. This is that! This is public health’s version of 100 feet of defensible space.
Don’t be selfish. You might be fine if you get it. You might not even get any symptoms. But, would you be fine if you unknowingly gave it to my boyfriend’s daughter who is battling cancer and has no immune system?
Who cares about the why or the how or the conspiracy theories and politics? Working in municipal government during this time has been one of the most emotionally taxing responsibilities of my life. The cancellation of our recreation programs and the closure of our buildings that are designed to provide quality of life to our residents is not something that is done easily or without an abundance of sadness and empathy.
I would like to encourage you all to help us slow the spread. Have you visited the city’s website lately? It’s one of our most powerful tools for conducting business, while you enjoy the comforts of your own home. You can pay your utility bill, report a public works issue, apply for a permit or job, and view our various commission, committee, and board meeting agendas and videos. If you’re interested in receiving emails about a range of topics, from traffic updates, road closures and our newly launched community messages regarding coronavirus, visit www.rpcity.org/newsletter, to sign up.
Social media is another great way to stay in touch with the city. We have Facebook pages for the city as a whole, and for Public Safety, the Animal Shelter and Community Services. We are also on Next-door, Twitter, Nixle and Instagram.
This is very real, and my heart goes out to everyone affected. Thank you to the community and in local government and businesses for doing your part to help SLOW THE SPREAD. And to everyone else who is putting red and blue aside to focus on the red, white and blue and the overall health and wellness of people.