With restrictions being eased (and others not), Terry Cunningham is back with great advice for hitting the trails or having loved ones in area nursing homes.

Daily Update / Tip: With the gradual easing of some restrictions, it is possible that we may see an increase in Covid-19 cases locally. As it has learned more about the virus, the CDC has issued revised guidance on the Covid-19 symptoms we should be on the lookout for. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19 and should contact their physician: 1. Cough. 2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Or at least two of these symptoms: Loss of taste or smell, fever, headache, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain. Since Covid-19 can induce a range of symptoms, and doesn’t impact everyone in the same manner, the list of symptoms was expanded to reflect new realities.

FAQ: Q: What are the signs that I might need immediate medical attention related to Covid-19? A: According to the CDC: If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately: • Trouble breathing • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest • New confusion or inability to arouse • Bluish lips or face *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Pulling Together: On a recent trip to Highland Glen Nature Preserve, a sign was attached to the entrance, describing how we should recreate in public spaces during the pandemic. I was pleased to see that hikers, runners, bicyclists and dog walkers were keeping a safe distance and stepping off the trail to make room for one another. All this was done with the same level of friendliness and respect for each other than makes Gallatin County a special place to live. Let’s keep it up, y’all.

What Can I Do? Have patience regarding the restrictions related to senior living facilities. Those of us who have loved ones in a senior living or senior care facility, it’s heartbreaking and frustrating to not be able to visit them. The Governor’s Directive about gradually re-opening the state includes significant restrictions on senior facilities through phase 2 of the plan, but there’s good reason for this. The worldwide data on Covid-19 indicates that seniors are at significantly greater risk, especially those with underlying medical conditions. Keeping the most vulnerable among us safe is absolutely critical. Thanks for continuing to have patience.