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Extraodinary kindness essential in extraordinary times

"Even though we must continue to stay apart we can and should continue to stay connected."

We are living in historic times, our new normal has become a life of physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic but that does not mean we need to feel socially isolated.

As Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said, “I know that this is scary, but we will get through this. This isn’t just about the actions that the government is taking, it’s down to each and every one of us.”

Many of us have been forced to go into self-isolation or self-quarantine to help prevent the spread of the virus and flatten the curve of the infection rate to ensure our health system is not overwhelmed.

Hinshaw reported 98 new cases of the virus Monday (April 6) bringing the total number of diagnosed cases in the province to 1,348. Of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, 204 are suspected to be a result of community transmission.

A total of 24 people have died and 361 people have fully recovered from the virus.

This is a scary and uncertain time and many people are worried about the health of their friends and families.

It is now more important than ever to support each other in the time of physical distancing to show that we are alone together.

“Go ring a doorbell keep your distance and check on your friends and neighbours,” said Mayor Jeff Genung on the Humans of Cochrane video.

The Cochrane Activettes are showing the power of leading with kindness with the active steps they are taking to ensure the community is fed, providing stability to those who are especially vulnerable during these challenging times.

They remind us that the Cochrane community is united in the face of this life-changing pandemic and it is up to all of us to lead with kindness.

It is hard to be alone right now as important religious holidays are approaching.

With Easter right around the corner, the Cochrane Eagle will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for the entire community as a reminder that we are united together.

Kids are encouraged to let their creativity loose to create their one-of-kind egg. Place these eggs in your window so kids can safely hunt for eggs while social-distancing– they can serve as a light to remind us that we are all in this together.

“There are no easy solutions to the situation we are in, not just in Alberta, but around the world. We need to face this together and respond to this extraordinary crisis with extraordinary kindness,” Hinshaw said.

You are not practicing social isolation for you, you are doing it for your vulnerable neighbours with underlying health conditions who are at greatest risk from the virus.

To quote Dr. Hinshaw, "Even though we must continue to stay apart we can and should continue to stay connected."

Staying home right now is saving lives.

Take care of each other.