As we navigate life in the era of COVID-19, the challenges we’re facing can be disconcerting. A growing number of people here in Pierce County are infected with COVID-19, and our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. As we deal with this as a society, thousands of Washingtonians are suddenly out of work or have had to close their businesses. A number of unemployed individuals and business owners have contacted my office in the past few weeks, and we have done our best to connect people with resources.
But let’s not forget the reasons to be hopeful: this situation is temporary, we can all do our part to stay safe and keep others safe, and people all around us are finding ways to make the best of difficult circumstances.
I am in awe of community members who are coming together to help friends, neighbors and strangers in this unprecedented time. From grocery workers and truck drivers to nurses and first responders, so many people throughout our community and our state are showing their commitment and professionalism in the jobs they do. Heroes are all around us.