We can probably all agree that 2020 was a bad year, in fact, the worst. It began poorly and ended poorly.
The year began with scandalous politics and a virus in China. The year also ended with scandalous politics, only now the virus is in our backyards.
The single biggest news item for 2020 was the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus has affected every aspect of life as we knew it. We first reported on the pandemic in March, when the board of county commissioners declared a State of Emergency. Governor Laura Kelly issued 71 Executive Orders in 2020, most of which had to do with the pandemic in one way or another. While locally we were able to avoid adding to the numbers of positive cases for a long time, that is not the case at the end of the year. As of Jan. 5, 2021, 6.3% of the population of Lincoln County had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Some had mild symptoms while others became terribly ill. Some were able to treat themselves at home. Others were hospitalized for weeks at a time. Two people even died.
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