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Just How Deadly is COVID-19?


Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” according to the World Health Organization, March 3rd, 2020. To date in Canada about 3.6% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. In context, that denotes a case fatality rate about 36 times greater than the seasonal flu (.1% in Canada). Those numbers justify the drastic measures taken thus far and make the collective fear that permeates our communities understandable. However, these numbers are very misleading for a very simple reason.

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Reader Expresses Support For Local Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic


As we are imprisoned with this terrible COVID-19 pandemic I see lots of friends staying in touch with Facebook. As well, I see many helpful posts, caring posts, and lots of the rest too. We are so fortunate to live in such an amazing community and although we do not have everything, what we do have is a great amount of compassion and humanity.

This letter for the most part is to remind everyone to continue to support our local businesses, now and when this pandemic is behind us. I have seen so much rallying and offers of help while these places try to survive. Because of the current situation we are all in I have learned information about what businesses can offer that I would not have normally known through our virtual world on local Facebook sites.

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Many Challenges to Face With COVID-19 Precautions


The times they are a changin',” Bob Dylan's words can so easily be applied to today's pandemic crisis, and it is difficult for many to accept change - but we must face it or lose touch with the reality of our vulnerability and our inter-connectedness.

We live in a rural community with a significantly high percentage of senior citizens. There are still areas of our community which do not have high speed internet. Are these two factors reason enough for people to expect others to put themselves at risk to help us manage unnecessary tasks? I don't think so, but according to several front-line branch banking personnel, many of our community members do think this way, and do expect personalized service to continue as if COVUD-19 did not exist.

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