The post-holiday wave of the COVID-19 has reached the Coast District, both among those concerned for their own health and those concerned for loved ones. We have lost members of our staff to the virus, and we all join in extending care and compassion for those affected through this painful time.
As I stated earlier this week about the national turmoil, we will get past this COVID-19 surge and find a path back to health and prosperity. Vaccines are beginning to roll out in a process that will scale up and accelerate over the next few months.
It is likely, at least hopefully so, that more in-person programs and activities may be possible in the summer and fall of this year. Participatory governance forums and bargaining teams continue to do the work of navigating the crisis and planning for a deliberate staged return.
It will take more time, which is frustrating to all of us, but a return to normalcy is on the horizon.
John Weispfenning, Ph.D.