We can’t turn on our televisions without hearing about it, and we can’t walk into stores and see empty shelves without thinking about it — COVID 19, or the coronavirus, is seriously impacting our world.
These days, information moves at a very quick pace — good information, bad information, useful information and a lot of sensationalizing the situation by mainstream media.
It is not the job of media outlets to cause fear, anxiety, panic or hysteria. No, we are here to disperse information — accurate information — to the communities we serve.
Coronavirus is a serious health threat, especially for our older residents and those who already deal with certain underlying medical conditions. We must take precautions. Most importantly, we must use common sense.
Wash your hands frequently. Cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you’ve washed your hands or use hand sanitizer. Stay home if you’re sick.
The Albia Newspapers is not going to sensationalize the situation. But we may commiserate with our friends and neighbors suffering from the situation. We will provide the latest information available regarding ways to safeguard ourselves and our families from the disease, information regarding the disease’s spread in our area (particularly if there are any confirmed cases), and information about closures that will impact our daily lives.
One question is, “Will the newspaper still be delivered?” The answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes.” We have received no word from the U.S. Postal Service to indicate a suspension of domestic mail delivery.
Our print product is a twice-weekly publication. This means information may change quickly between editions and updates may be required. Therefore, we will post the most up-to-date information on our website, www.albianews.com so the community has access to the latest information in a more timely manner. You’ll also see updated information on our Facebook page.
Our job, first and foremost, is to inform the community. You’ve entrusted us with that opportunity for over 150 years. Another critical part of our job is to help our community work through this “social distancing.”
We are a community and we are not used to socially isolating ourselves. We are used to rising up and joining together in the face of devastating tornadoes, ice storms and snow storms. We are used to going to funeral visitations, bringing hams and desserts to grieving families, rallying around our high school sports teams and attending wedding dances.
Our way of doing things is all about hugs and intimate handshakes. We’re in new territory here and this newspaper can stand in the gap to deliver news and hope and an ultimate return to normal. We may be your twice weekly letter from home for awhile until this thing subsides.
We want to know what you’re thinking and what you’re feeling and how your kids and grandkids are doing all over the country. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org to e-mail news and photos. It’s 641-932-7121 if you want to call and talk to us.
May we all be safe and stay well as this threat to our health and well-being passes.