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Boone, Audrain County: Social distancing is working, ‘keep it up!’

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Social distancing, Centralia style ­ — Centralians Andrew Erhart, left and Zoe Davis conduct an afternoon conversation while employing proper social distancing

County officials are sounding guardedly optimistic regarding the effects of social distancing in locally combatting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Speaking at a news conference the afternoon of April 8, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, responding to Columbia Mayor Brian Treece’ announcement that Boone County has more recovered patients than active cases, said there are glimmers of improvement to be seen, but now is not the time for the public to relax its vigilance.

“This is not a time to relax,” he said. “It’s like being on the one-yard line with the game tied. If we give it our very best for the next two weeks we can continue to keep the outlook favorable.”

On April 8, Treece said there are only eight active cases,” of COVID-19 in Boone County.

Atwill continued: “So please continue to give it your very best as we go forward.”

The next day, speaking with the Fireside Guard, Janet Thompson, northern Boone County Commissioner supported Atwill’s remarks.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard