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I am an 85-year-old, who was one of the first on Feb. 27, to get the virus. I did not go to the hospital or the doctor, however, I did spend six days on my back. My wife had it as well but just a minor case.

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused much anxiety and heartache. We sympathize with the victims and their families and pray for their comfort and recovery wherever possible. We are also grateful for all those who care for those affected.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, many citizens have been advised to stay home and others have no choice due to unemployment and the statewide Stay-at-Home Order. While this is great to reduce the spread of the virus it has also increased cases of domestic violence within homes in the United States.

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Phlebotomists in the front lines of this virus are paid minimum wage to risk their health and their family’s health when they go home, it is not right. We need to thank or acknowledge these people. It’s just not ok for companies to take advantage of these employees.

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There have been nine confirmed deaths by coronavirus in Washington state alone. I believe in order to contain the spread of the virus throughout our nation is to place strict regulation to places of social gathering like clubs, bars, events, transportation, businesses, hospitals, schools and religion institutions.

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We are writing to express our support for the Sunnyside School District levy which is on the ballot for the Feb. 11 election. It’s important to understand that this levy is not a new tax; it is simply a replacement for the current levy which will expire at the end of the year.

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Yakima can only move through its re-opening phases if the county shows a significant drop in the coronavirus infection rate. To do this, we must work together and wear masks. Wearing a mask will reduce the spread of the virus. (Source: Yakima County Health District)

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