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Now isn’t the time to relax

There was a lot of concern over the holiday break that family gatherings around the country might lead to more COVID-19 cases nationwide.

This week the numbers show that fear becoming a reality. On Wednesday, there were 205,000 new cases in the United States, a new record. Remember when just a few weeks ago, when 100,000 cases in one day set a new record? Well, we’ve doubled that daily record since then.

In addition to the cases, there were also 2,777 COVID-19 related deaths reported on Wednesday nationwide.

And the numbers aren’t just bad nationally.

On Wednesday, Troup County had 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number locally since July 25.

Back in July, Troup County saw its worst save of COVID-19 cases. Paired with an outbreak at the Troup County Jail, there were dozens of new cases per day.

And unfortunately, it’s possible that we’re looking at another wave this month.

Now isn’t the time to relax.

A COVID-19 vaccine appears imminent, which is great news, but it’s still months away from mass distribution. The vaccine doesn’t mean we can let our guard down.

Instead, it actually — finally — gives us a little bit of light at the end of what’s become a way-too-long tunnel.

Do your part.

Wear a mask. Social distance. Stop the spread.