To all of our readers, subscribers, advertisers, and supporters, I want you to know that I am genuinely sorry that NewsPlus has had to take a bit of a break from regular activities over the last few weeks. The print and online versions of the paper have been on a self-appointed hiatus but will be returning very soon.
As I strive to bring the Tri-Community the most current and accurate news and community information, there are times that I cannot fulfill that objective. This is one of those times.
I have been recovering from COVID-19. Beginning just a few days before Christmas eve, I started experiencing symptoms of what I initially thought were allergies acting up, as they do, whenever the wind picks up. The symptoms quickly moved past a simple allergy attack to that of the flu. Soon after that, my sense of smell disappeared, and it was at this point, the realization came that this could be COVID. I tested positive as symptoms worsened to something more than the common flu. My worst fears had materialized as symptoms progressed and my breathing worsened. The last thing I wanted to happen was to bring this virus back to my home and infect my family, and that is what happened.
I assume it was me, though I have not pinpointed where I may have become infected. I can tell you that this virus spread through my family like wildfire. I felt pretty confident as I have been vaccinated with my booster scheduled for the first week in January and followed appropriate protocols, especially with the new omicron variant starting to take hold. But this virus seemed to find a way through the armor with the greatest ease.
My family members are fine, and I didn’t have to go to the hospital. We are under the care and supervision of our doctors, and thanks to a healthy regime of various medications, we have been able to beat the virus back. I have been told that symptoms of the recent wave of the virus are mild. If I experienced the mild version, I fear that anything more serious would have resulted in an obituary rather than a letter from the editor.
I ask for your continued patience as I am not out of the woods yet. But each day, I seem to be getting better, and my energy seems to be returning. I am eager to get back to business as usual and kick off this new year by putting this behind me and looking to all of the great things planned for NewsPlus in the coming months.
My current plan is to sit down on Monday, January 10, and regroup. I will determine a new delivery date for the January print issue (Year in Review). And work out a plan to bring NewsPlus Online and NewsPlus Weekly back up to speed. To my advertisers, thank you for your understanding and continued support. My heart goes out to those that have suffered through this virus and to those that have lost loved ones as a result. Please stay safe and use common sense. Life is precious!
Don Fish Jr. – Publisher and Editor