COVID-19: Maintain Awareness – Being Smart, and Staying Safe

This is Red Five’s twelfth weekly report detailing proactive steps you, your family, or your company can take to be prepared for the week ahead. This report represents work product derived from various reliable sources, and contains the most accurate information available at the time of print. However, it may be based in part upon information provided by third party sources, which may be subject to change at any time.

Maintaining awareness for yourself, your family, and your business is critical as we move through the summer, businesses start to reopen (or reclose), and children head back to school or virtual learning. States and counties continue to move from Phase II to Phase III, although there is no uniform definition or national guidelines specifying what can and cannot be open in each phase. Individuals, families, and businesses are left to assess for themselves what the information means, and what actions they will or will not take; reliable sources of information are vital to making informed decisions.

  • Seven states hit daily records for new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, according to a 13 July New York Times article.
  • Meanwhile, the rising deaths in the Southern States following weeks of mounting cases in the region may draw to an end the national decline of COVID-19 cases nationwide.

We recommend you take the following steps to be prepared for the weeks ahead, and informed about the decisions you will need to make for yourself, your family, and your business.  

  • Maintain awareness of what is happening in your neighborhood. Are there road closures due to protests? Are masks required outside in public areas? Community newsboards or other sources of community news can be good resources for local events and regulations.
  • Be informed of what your choices are for in person and distance learning if you have children. Many school districts are offering hybrid options that combine distance and in person learning for the fall semester. Some school districts are making in person learning totally optional for students. Know the facts, and be mindful of decision timelines as some school districts require a decision prior to the fall.
  • Maintain awareness about what is happening where you have office locations. Find reliable sources of information to make informed decisions about reopening, and also to determine if operations need to be scaled back again.
  • Remember that this too shall pass. We are a resilient country, and a resilient people.

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