With COVID-19 cases slowing down in the North Country, officials in Clinton County say things may seem to be on track to return to normal. However, they say, residents may have to confront a new normal once the state opens back up.
At a news conference Friday morning, officials tried to give residents a glimpse of how life might look few weeks from now.
“This virus is going to continue to be a part of our lives, and we’re going to have to continue to take precautions to prevent infection,” said Erin Streiff, Healthcare Services Director for the Clinton County Health Department.
Health officials warn new customs, such as social distancing and protective masks, are going to stick around.
Dr. Wouter Rietsema, vice president of Population Health and Information Services, and Infectious Diseases Physician at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, said “one of the most important public health things we can do other than trying to maintain social distancing, is wearing a mask. It’s called universial source control and it’s critically important.”
Rietsema recommends residents, like health care workers, begin to think of masks as a part of our daily attire.
“You’re expected to come to work with your mask, just like you’re expected to come to work fully clothed.”