For a while, it seemed as if Carroll County might go unscathed in the COVID-19 pandemic. The first local case of the virus wasn’t reported until April 1, and as recently as May 18 there were no active cases reported in the county.
This, of course, served as fuel for some folks to argue that the entire pandemic was nothing more than an exaggeration at best or a hoax at worst.
Fast forward three weeks, however, and the local picture looks significantly more grim. Carroll County lost its first resident to COVID-19 in late May and as I write this on Monday afternoon there are now 19 confirmed active cases in the county — a number that I expect will increase by the time most of you read this column.
The virus, of course, doesn’t recognize state or county borders. Nor does it differentiate between those who believe in it — the folks who follow the recommendations of health experts — and those who mock those folks. None of us are immune to the virus.
So, the choice is ours: We can take it seriously and do everything we can to minimize our risks, or we can ignore the health experts, ridicule our neighbors and roll the dice.