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IN OUR VIEW/Surge:Basic precautions still make sense as omicron spreads

January 4, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced at his weekly news briefing the state hit all-time high for new COVID-19 cases. with 6,562 cases reported Tuesday.

"We're entering a period of probably the greatest risk and the greatest challenge that we've faced during the pandemic," Governor Hutchinson said.

Meanwhile, in Texas hospitalizations because of COVID-19 have doubled in the past two weeks as the omicron variant continues its spread, the state health department announced Monday.

If you read this newspaper's front page Tuesday, then you know cases have been increasing in our area. And a surge in new cases is expected in the coming weeks.

This isn't over folks. But we see a lot of folks acting like it is. And we see too many elected officials using the crisis for their own pupurposes.

It still makes sense to wear a face mask when in public. It still makes sense to practice social distancing when possible.

And it makes a whole lot of sense to get vaccinated if you have not yet done so.

This isn't a hoax or a conspiracy. And it shoudn't be a political football. It's a matter of public health. And the sooner we all do our part, the more likely it is that this pandemic will finally be contained.

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