Orange County Insight March 2021

Ted Talk

A Spring to Forget - A Spring to Remember

Last year at this same time, America, and the world, came to a screeching halt. March Madness basketball was cancelled, restaurants and schools shut down, and hospitals strained to deal with a new threat to our civilization. Vacations and weddings were postponed, and sadly, many funerals allowed no mourners. We had no idea what to expect, and no idea how long things would be so different. It was a spring we would all prefer to forget. A year has now passed under this cloud of uncertainty, and I wondered when I arrived last April what we could possibly get done under such circumstances. But we kept moving forward. We kept working to make our community better and embraced the adversity by adapting and implementing changes to improve our processes, building for the future, and implementing programs to help our community respond. As I write this message it is 72 degrees and sunny, nearly 20% of Virginians have been vaccinated against COVID - 19 with at least one dose, and new financial assistance from Washington is being finalized to help Americans recover from the pandemic. Governor Northam has eased some limitations on the size of crowds at sporting events that will permit the return of minor league baseball to our region and allow more parents and family to attend youth athletic events. We still need to wear our masks and distance from others who have not been vaccinated, but I see that winding down over the next 90 days. This may not be the end of the pandemic, but perhaps it is the beginning of the end. That would be a spring to remember.

- Ted Voorhees, Orange County Administrator

Cover and inside cover images credit: Orange County Tourism. Photographed at Oakland Heights Farm

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