There’s considerable uncertainty in our community right now. Necessary steps implemented by state and federal government to reduce the risk of infection and spread of the coronavirus have impacted every portion of our daily routines. More than ever before, keeping you informed about these matters is our highest priority.

The News-Enterprise will do all we can to continue to deliver this information to you along with other news and feature content in print and online.

In effort to mitigate as many potential disruptions as possible, our leaders and department managers have taken quick steps to move staff to work-from-home procedures across our company to reduce the number of employees inside our offices. Steps to increase distance in areas where on-site workers are necessary also have been taken. Routine procedures to wipe-down equipment with germ-killing sanitizing spray and wipes have been implemented throughout our facilities.

All these actions have been taken to increase protective measures to the best of our ability to keep employees healthy and safe at this time.

Your safety is equally important to us.

I understand questions being asked by subscribers with concerns about whether COVID-19 can be contracted through home delivery of the daily newspaper.

According to information provided by the World Health Organization, “the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled and exposed to different conditions and temperature also is low.”

The Centers for Disease Control also stated coronavirus has “a very low risk” of spreading on packages, newspapers and other mail because of “poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces.”

Even with these assurances in mind, the newspaper still has made the use of nitrile gloves mandatory for workers in production areas and by company drivers. We encourage their use by all our contractors as well.

Thank you for all you and your family are doing to help contain the spread of this virus in our community.

Your loyal readership is valued. We appreciate your ongoing support of quality community journalism, too. As advertising is impacted by business closure orders, more than ever before your subscription to The News-Enterprise is important in helping us continue the important work in reporting accurate and timely information to keep you informed on the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease locally, across Kentucky and our nation.

Remain diligent and stay healthy Hardin County.

Chris Ordway is publisher of The News-Enterprise. He can be reached at 270-505-1764 or cordway@thenewsenterprise.com.

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