COVID numbers throughout our region are rising at an alarming rate, with more than 200 active cases in New Rochelle as of this writing.  If these trends continue, it seems likely that the State will establish “cluster zones” at several locations around Westchester, with the re-imposition of restrictions on commerce and gatherings.

The trajectory of the virus is in our hands.  If we act responsibly — wearing masks, keeping our distance, washing our hands frequently — then we can control the spread, just as we did in the spring, and avert the disruptive effects of a shutdown.  If we let down our guard, then negative consequences will ensue, including, most importantly, the loss of life.

It is hard to be disciplined after so many months of struggle, when all of us are eager for a return to normal life.  But easing up now will only prolong and intensify the crisis.  Let’s once again rise to the occasion as a community and do the right thing together.