A statement from our county party chair – Chase Clemons.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnoses continues to rise, I wanted to lay out how this affects our community and what you can be doing.

This is not the typical seasonal flu. With an estimated 3.5% mortality and a vaccine months away at best, this virus is not one we need to take lightly or minimize. For now, we can’t beat this virus through a vaccine or other medicine. But we can beat it through our collective actions.

That’s where you can help. It’s called flattening the curve.

Take precautions such as washing your hands, minimizing travel, and keeping social interactions to a minimum. Put off any non-essential travel. Check in on your neighbors. Contact our state reps and urge them to take the right precautions now rather than delaying.

After you read this update, look through this trusted source -> flattenthecurve.com. It’ll give you more background on the virus along with more actions you can take to help flatten the curve.

Lastly, all of our remaining local party committee meetings in March are cancelled. Those that are absolutely necessary will be held via conference call. Our April 4th public meeting stays on the calendar for now. We’ll make a call on April meetings closer to that time.

On the state level, the Tennessee Democratic Party is considering and working on different contingency plans for the TN04 Congressional District Convention set for March 21st. I’ll let you know as soon as I have more info on any changes being made.

In short – be informed and helpful to those around you. The next few months will be hard, especially for the most high-risk people in our community.

We’re in this together. Let’s look out for each other. It’s what Tennesseans do best.

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