We’re all in the same boat, let us steer for a while

 

We’re all in the same boat, so let us steer for a while when it comes to local news and information about the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic issues. When you pick up a copy of the Iosco County News-Herald or Oscoda Press right now, and in coming weeks, you’re going to get the most local information on the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic that is going on in the community.

Rest assured, it is going to be informative, comprehensive and most importantly, accurate information that you can use in your everyday life as restrictions in public and other areas pile up.

Additionally, if you visit our websites at IoscoNews.com or OscodaPress.com, that same information – outside of our usual website pay wall – will be right there for free, along with national information about Covid-19 from national news sources, that are updated as they become available.

To paraphrase Community Media Group Chairman Larry Perrotto, the local newspaper will work to be a solid “port in the storm,” providing solid and factual information for the public. For that, and I can speak for the entire staff, it is our pleasure and our duty to give that information and service.

The local newspaper is something that we feel is essential in the community to keep going in unprecedented times as we are experiencing right now, though we are weathering the various disruptions right along with the general public right now.

As I reflect on the past week I can’t help but think about is the amount of people who have been forced out of their jobs because of state and federal regulations that have been put in place – with good reason – to keep as many of us safe and healthy as possible through the pandemic.

One of the things that our newspaper is always full of is advertisement for area restaurants, and although there is a state order to close down dining rooms in the restaurants, many have elected to convert into “takeout only” establishments, offering their delicious fare in to-go boxes. 

After a long week of working on Covid-19-related news, on Friday I decided to try one of these local Oscoda restaurants out and grab one of their to-go meals and was pleasantly surprised on just how good the food was, the service and the concept of getting takeout from a restaurant where one would not normally get takeout.

The food was fast, fresh, and I have to say excellent, and I made sure to leave a tip for the workers who prepared my box lunch for me.

Part of my lunch hour was spent sitting at the Oscoda Beach Park in my car, enjoying the food I had purchased and the scenery and it was a nice time for some early afternoon quiet reflection.

The one benefit that we have right now in northern Michigan is that we have these restaurants and eating establishments that are willing to keep providing takeout food to the public, even though they have to be closed.

Another benefit is the fact that we’re in a rural area and we have a lot of wide open spaces that one can go in, without encounter a lot of other people in close proximity. We need to use that to our advantage in these times as our governments ask us to self-quarantine and social distance. There are dozens of locations to go and have lunch in the public, practice social distancing and even take in one of Iosco County’s wonders. It could be a trip to Tawas Point State Park, or one of the many beaches in East Tawas or Tawas City, where a person can park and look at beautiful Tawas Bay.

In Oscoda you’re never going to get a more secluded and beautiful beach than the Three-Mile Park area. You can head out River Road and check out Lumberman’s Monument, the Canoers’ Memorial or Iargo Springs. There are thousands of acres of the Huron-Manistee National Forest to explore, all why not encountering a lot of people. Northern Michigan was made for social distancing.

Keep your distance from others, of course, but don’t let the pandemic destroy your ability to responsibly enjoy nature and what the community still has to offer.

There are still many places where a person can enjoy the outdoors and still have six feet of “social distancing” from one another in the community, and it gets you out of the house. I’m not saying gather 20 people to do this, but you and your quarantine partner at home (this could be your dog) and do this safely

So keep safe out there, wash your hands, and if you’re running a fever or dry coughing, get in touch with your medical provider.