Message from HOA Board Re: Coping with the Coronavirus

A message from your President (no, not that one – from your HOA President)

These are difficult times for all of us, but “this too shall pass” and we will emerge victorious and stronger than ever if we follow a few simple rules.  Most of the good rules you have already heard and I’ll try not to repeat them.  Here are mine (in no particular order):

  1. Obey the guidance from our healthcare and political leaders. We may not like the guidance, but a coordinated team effort is always better than a “go it alone” effort.  This is no time for maverick behavior.
  2. Look out for each other – within the constraints of Rule #1. There are many ways to help our neighbors.  Maintain contact:  email, text, phone – even face-to-face conversation, but remember to keep your distance.  Help out where you can:  groceries, mail, yardwork, trash can positioning, etc.  There are lots of opportunities.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help or offer help.  We are a community.  I’m pleased to say that a lot of this is, in fact, happening.  Your Board is aware of many examples of neighbors “reaching out” to each other.  Keep up the good work.  This will make us stronger as a community and perhaps we can find a way to celebrate when it is all behind us.
  3. Stay informed and avoid both misinformation (mistakes) and disinformation (deliberate deceit). Unfortunately there are a lot of people in our world who are either not careful about the information they pass along or relish the idea of fomenting fear and confusion.  A case in point is the idea that some elements of the National Guard have been activated for the purpose of enforcing a proclamation of martial law.  Unequivocally not true.  Some National Guard units have been activated and federalized under US Code Title 32, which gives operational control to the states, but retains financial responsibility at the federal government level.  Their purpose is to support local authorities in other than law enforcement activities (mostly logistics).  Law enforcement by federalized military personnel is specifically banned by the Posse Comitatus Act.  Other examples include people selling magic elixirs that allegedly combat the virus – but they don’t.  Some are harmful – even deadly.  Also selling products that never arrive.  Sadly, far too many examples.  Be vigilant.
  4. Stay healthy. Try to maintain a schedule (this reportedly helps manage the anxiety that comes with “cabin fever”).    Get some sunshine.  We have a very nice walking path and the weather is trying to cooperate.

Finally, I’d like to provide copies of two recent documents distributed by the WA State Governor’s office (click on title to activate):

  1.  WA State Guidance about Essential Workers and Activities
  2.  WA State Proclamation 20-25:  Stay Home Policy

Above all:  know that we are here for each other.

Be vigilant and careful — and stay well.

Chuck Millard

HOA President