OUR VIEW: Looking for your help

Published 4:49 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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We’re working on a local project, but we could really use some help from the community.

We’ve spent most of the last few months giving local updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve talked to local people who have had the virus, written features on nurses and doctors on the frontline and covered the prayer at the hospital event. We’ve written story after story about roundtables and council and commission meetings about everything going on in our community and the local response to the coronavirus.

However, we realize those stories do not always show the impact on regular, everyday people with a regular job and a family. So now we’re turning our attention to those types of stories.  Over the next few weeks, we plan to focus on a local project based around the following:

  • We want to write features on families who have lost income due to COVID-19 and show the true economic impact it has had on individuals and families. Obviously, for this to happen, we need someone (or multiple people) to step forward and let us pull back the curtain on their life. We understand this may be difficult, especially if someone has lost their job or been furloughed, but we believe a well-written feature on the people truly affected by this disease would be very impactful and show the real day to day affect its having not just on our hospitals, but also on our economy.
  • We want to write stories on local businesses to show not just their hours of operation right now but to take a deep look at how this has affected their workforce, their sales and their future outlook.
  • We also still want to hear from anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is from Troup County. We’ve told several of those stories, but we intend to continue telling them as the fight against this virus continues.
  • Lastly, we want to talk to people who had once-in-a-lifetime vacations planned or other lifetime milestones (weddings, graduations, retirement) canceled or changed due to the virus. Although we’re sure these were difficult plans to change, we feel like this is a bit of a “lighter” side to this virus. At the end of the day, we’re all missing out on something, but we’re all also thankful to be alive (and hopefully healthy.)

Separate from this “project,” we are also working on a way of honoring nurses for Nurses Week. We’re asking for submissions via our Facebook page, so please feel free to comment about your favorite local nurse on that post, so that we can recognize them.

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If you have a story that meets the criteria above or know of someone who does, please send us a Facebook message or email news@lagrangenews.com.