Tyler McKee prepares for a shift checking temperatures of people entering the Richmond Municipal Building. (Photo: Jordan Kartholl / Pal-Item)
Tyler McKee prepares for a shift checking temperatures of people entering the Richmond Municipal Building. (Photo: Jordan Kartholl / Pal-Item)
RICHMOND — Temperatures are up, businesses are reopening across the state and folks are dreaming of summer vacations and planning backyard barbecues.

After months of stay-at-home orders, it can be tempting to push the novel coronavirus pandemic to the back of your mind and go about your business the same as you did before COVID-19.

But Wayne County health officials want to remind us all that the pandemic isn't over. In some ways, it could be just beginning.

"We're in the first phase of this pandemic," said Dr. David Jetmore, the county's health officer. "Only five percent of Americans have been infected with COVID-19, so basically the status of the United States is unchanged from where this began in January, 95 percent being vulnerable versus 100 percent. So this epidemic is far from over."

Wayne County continues to see a steady trickle of new positive cases reported, with the total since the outbreak began crossing into the triple digits last weekend.
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