In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of 37 Hubbard County loved ones, each of us needs to do our part for the health and safety of our families, neighbors and community.

Hubbard County was one of the last counties in Minnesota to record a COVID-19 case, but now 1,407 cases have been reported. While many cases are without symptoms or are mild, some have long-lasting chronic health impacts or can lead to death.

We all need to do the basics of prevention:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

  • Stay six feet away from others

  • Avoid crowds

  • Wash your hands often

If we are ill, we should be in touch with our health care provider and be tested for COVID-19, if suspected.

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Soon each of us will have a chance to receive the two-part vaccine to prevent COVID-19. This is a very exciting step.

Leadership in the U.S. and in Minnesota continues to come from Dr. Tony Fauci, Gov. Tim Walz, and state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and her staff, and many others.

Regrettably, Sen. Paul Utke and seven other Minnesota Republican state senators were reported by Fox News to be without masks at their swearing in ceremony on Jan. 5.

Sen. Utke, please take note, COVID-19 is a public health crisis, not a political opportunity. Please join other leaders and provide an example to promote the health of the people of Hubbard County and all that you have been elected to represent.