Stick together and support each other
The response of the community to the outbreak of COVID-19 is something we can all be proud of, but it is also clear we have a long road ahead.
Yesterday Prime Minister Scott Morrison drew the curtain on COVID-zero, although it has been clear for several weeks given the situation in NSW that vaccination is our only path back to some sort of normal.
We now face our own great challenge.
Given that all of Greater Shepparton Secondary College, St Mel’s and Orrvale Primary School are tier 1 sites we already have thousands of families in quarantine for 14 days.
We can expect that number to grow.
The alternative according to the experts is that we would be facing thousands of cases within weeks, along with rising numbers of hospitalisations including the worst cases needing to be ventilated in ICU.
Had we not responded and complied so readily with the health orders to isolate, our health and other support services would have been overwhelmed.
We will all have to make sacrifices over the coming weeks.
People will suffer emotionally and financially, so as a community we need to do more than just follow the health advice, as critical at that is.
We also need to support each other.
We have at our fingertips the tools to lift people’s spirits, a text, a voice or video call, or an email can mean so much to those who are isolated and anxious.
We need to keep looking for the good things, and we need to share them with others.
We need to have each other’s backs as we navigate this uncertain road.