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Competing against COVID-19

THUMBS SIDEWAYS:

While we are all excited about prep football games starting in a few weeks, don’t get too optimistic that teams will be able to complete all their games. We are finding out that not much as changed since the Minnesota High School League board originally put football and volleyball on hold back on Aug. 4, as far as the Minnesota Department of Health is concerned. COVID-19 still poses a health risk among the general public and students. Fairmont public schools is one example. The school district switched form hybrid learning to distance learning this week because of the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Martin County. That means all sporting events are canceled. We also know a number of current students and teachers in the Marshall Public Schools District are currently in quarantine and have to do distance learning because they either have tested positive for the virus or have been possibly exposed to the virus by someone that has tested positive. We urge players, students, parents, coaches and teachers take responsible precautions so teams can complete seasons.

Take precautions during public events

THUMBS UP:

The success of last Saturday’s craft and vendor show inside the Red Baron Arena proves that public events can be held safely. The event attracted hundreds of people. Everybody wore masks and people were encouraged to walk one-way as they checked out the variety of craft booths. It was also encouraging to hear from several vendors who are finding ways to sell their products during these difficult times.

A big thank you to Mary Maertens

THUMBS UP:

Mary Maertens made a surprising announcement a week ago that she was stepping down as Avera Marshall Medical Center CEO and regional president. In the announcement, Avera Health president and CEO, Bob Sutton, said Maertens “helped transform health care in southwest Minnesota.” We agree with that statement. Maertens helped steer Avera Marshall through several major developments. The merger with Carris Health Marshall and the expansion and renovations of the emergency room department come to mind. And then the huge challenge of dealing with a pandemic. Maertens told the Independent she is “looking forward to exploring new avenues and opportunities.” We wish her well in those new endeavors and thank her for her service to the Marshall area community.

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