Dear Occoquan District Neighbors – this is Kenny Boddye, Occoquan District Supervisor. I’m reaching out to you today regarding the situation surrounding the coronavirus.
Every single member of our community has been touched by this pandemic in one way or another, and the need for social distance and self-isolation can add to what is already a high-stress situation.
My message to you is: pause, but do not panic.
Rising to this moment requires all of us to slow down, reducing our time in public spaces and following other recommended measures to flatten the curve. Social distancing, good hygiene and doubling down on healthy habits can reduce the number of new cases, giving our healthcare system time to catch up to the outbreak. Even if you are healthy and not showing symptoms, you could still spread the virus to others, including those most at-risk for serious cases.
We know that there is a shortage in manpower and medical supplies, and we can all do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen in Prince William County. The safety and security of you and your family is my top priority. I am in daily contact with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, the School Board, and on the state and federal level. We are all working together to bring to bear the resources we need to expand testing capabilities, provide emergency financial relief to individuals and businesses, and provide critical services to our most vulnerable residents.
I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the great work of our Community Partners, such as ACTS, SERVE, our faith community, and Occoquan’s own Good News Community Kitchen. The county recently gave a sizable donation to several food pantries in the county as part of our emergency relief efforts, but if you can support our community partners as well, it would go a long way.
I am a big believer that we make the best choices when we receive a constant, orderly flow of reliable information and access to resources. To that end, my staff has set up a special section of our website which is kept up-to-date with all of the latest information and resources available as we continue to combat the coronavirus: occoq.org/covid19.
While my office is currently in virtual mode, we still stand ready to serve you in any way that we can during normal business hours. Please visit OccoquanDistrict.net to contact us, sign up for our e-newsletter, and read the newest information on all matters related to the Occoquan District. You can also follow us on our Facebook Page – @OccoquanDistrictSupervisorKennyBoddye for important updates on a more regular basis. I would also encourage you to follow the county’s social media accounts and check the county’s website for daily updates at pwcgov.org/emergency.
Thank you for watching, and remember: pause, but do not panic. At the proper pace, we have what it takes to meet the challenges of this pandemic. We will get through this together.