Yesterday, February 28th, marked the one-year anniversary of the first known COVID-19 case in Oregon. Since that day a year ago, the state (not to mention the world) has gone through a seemingly unending series of changes and trials that have drastically altered Oregonians’ lifestyles, attitudes, and economic situations.

We would like to extend our sympathy to the loved ones of those Oregonians who have passed away due to COVID-19, as well as an expression of support to those Oregonians who continue to suffer lingering health setbacks due to having contracted the virus.

At the same time, we would like to thank all Oregonians who have followed public heath measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand-washing — your efforts undoubtedly prevented many more COVID-related deaths and hospitalizations.

A year after the first recorded COVID-19 case in Oregon, hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses are being distributed and administered throughout the state, and by July 1 all Oregon residents will be eligible for a vaccine.  So, there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel and reason for hope.  But a year after the pandemic spread to Oregon, let us not forget the those here who have been horribly impacted by the virus.