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Adjusting to the coronavirus

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Some businesses, institutions and individuals around Roswell are going through a difficult time as we all react and adjust to concerns over spread of COVID-19.

We won’t attempt to list here all the changes that have already occurred — there literally would not be room — or to predict what’s to come in the days and weeks ahead. We, like everyone else, hope for as rapid a return to normal as possible.

In the interim, we encourage the people of Roswell and Chaves County to follow the safety directives of the New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control for combating spread of the virus (some NMDOH advice can be reviewed below).

That’s the best way for ensuring the health and safety of ourselves, our families, co-workers and friends.

Detailed information on the virus can be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov. Up-to-date information, including recommended safety precautions, can also be found on the New Mexico Health Department’s website, nmhealth.org. From the Health Department’s website: “Just like with many other respiratory illnesses, the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, to cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and avoid contact with people who are coughing or sneezing. Also, stay home from work or school when you are sick.”

Closures and restrictions on crowd sizes issued by the state have impacted many businesses.

Every business and institution in this area, and throughout the country, is making its own plan for adjusting to that reality, with almost all of them exercising caution. What works for one type of business or institution won’t necessarily work for another.

We’re no different. Here at the Daily Record, we’re working to keep our staff and those around us safe. We’ve reminded customers that business can be conducted by phone, email, etc., to minimize contact. We’ve reminded some who’ve expressed concerns about paper — be it their mail or their daily newspaper — that our e-edition options allow the Daily Record to be read online. The staff here is available to provide information and assistance.

Meanwhile — until that return to normal we’re all anticipating — we remain committed to continuing to provide the community with vital information. We’ll make adjustments here as needed, but we feel our role in the community is vital, and we have a duty to be creative and resourceful (while safe) in finding ways to continue it.

Again, we encourage those reading this to focus on the well-being of themselves and their families. Follow good advice. Look out for each other. But repeating our encouragement from last week’s editorial, stop short of panic, or fear.

Panicked people don’t make good decisions. We all have the resourcefulness and wherewithal to get through this together.

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Note: As of Saturday, there were 57 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, in the following areas: Bernalillo County, 32; Doña Ana County, 2; Lea County, 1; McKinley County, 1; Sandoval County, 7; San Miguel County, 1; Santa Fe County, 8; Socorro County, 2; and Taos County, 3.

State health officials encourage us all to practice social distancing. A few more reminders from a Department of Health press release: “New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).

“People without those symptoms do not need to be tested for COVID-19. … While the state is gratified that COVID-19 testing is increasingly available, we need to prioritize testing for persons with symptoms of COVID-19 infection. …”