Wednesday, March 17, 2021
I can’t believe I’m writing a one-year anniversary reflection of COVID-19 arriving in Eugene. I’m carrying strong feelings of hope while also acknowledging and feeling the exhaustion and pain of a long and challenging year. Many of you have experienced the direct health-related impacts of this virus, and my heart goes out to each of you who has suffered a loss or are still fighting for your own health. As we celebrate the cases going down and vaccines becoming increasingly available, it’s as important as ever to stay vigilant in prevention. My handwashing routine is forever changed, and I can’t imagine a day that I won’t have face masks in every corner of my life.
The last year has been hard on everyone and I’ve heard many difficult stories of loss that will continue to inspire me to lead a more resilient city. I’ve also heard many joyful stories of families reconnected, physical health improvements, new business ideas and life being re-discovered during a forced time out. Those stories are usually told more privately as most recognize the overall destruction from a year of pandemic. My year was a mix of both. I have felt the weight of the world as we work to protect everyone in the community. I’ve also had days of re-kindled creativity and a strengthened ability to find calm.
We’re still in this together.
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