COVID is coming and this time for me

LARSO Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen has COVID. Courtesy picture

Executive Director
Los Alamos Retirees and Seniors Organization

COVID Cometh, this time for me. Yes, after 28 months of being overcautious, and apparently Type A…it got me. Why this melodramatic opinion piece you might ask?

If you don’t know me, I run the two local senior centers, the Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center. I stated from the onset of COVID, for us on a quiet Sunday morning in March 2020, that I would be transparent about local centers.

While working at the White Rock facility, someone started the rumor that I had COVID because they saw my car in my driveway during the week. I live within walking distance of the WR center, but promised from then on that if I had COVID I would write weekly columns for the newspaper from my bed. Alas, the time has come.

I had tested negative on Friday morning as we often exhibit and test our own sanity and the goal of not spreading it to our members. Then when I woke up Saturday with a hoarse sound, I tested again, and it was positive. I was sad and devastated, to say the least. Yesterday involved a HUGE amount of contact tracing, notification, county sanitization requests (thank you Bob and Lamarz), notification paperwork, and reporting to the county, state, and 25 employees.

Personally, I implemented the mask rule as rates started to increase dramatically around graduation. Yes, I put it back in place. Listen, I used to be called Hitler during the pandemic, because of ordering masks and at that time, implementation wasn’t my calling. This time I felt the responsibility to make the call. Now that COVID has me, can you imagine how I would feel if I had spent all of Friday unmasked around my people?

Los Alamos, we are now and AGAIN, in the HIGH positivity rate, if you didn’t know. So when I see our community bashing our Smith Pharmacy teams, yet I see 30+ people online, most unmasked, I’m sad to see and hear the vitriol. If you want things to be better, if you don’t want to wait in line, wear a mask, get vaccinated and don’t wait until the last minute to refill a prescription. They don’t do this to upset you. It’s not about politics, it’s not always about pay or bad management, but it IS about COVID.

Our local businesses are once again ravaged by this virus. It affects us EVERY DAY. If you can take simple steps to stop this, for the love of your fellow man, please do so.

I’m stepping out of the soapbox now, be safe and make good choices.

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