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When you’re on your own, we are with you

As the U.S. faces the worst public health crisis in a generation, we want you to know we are here for you  — and with you.

These are unprecedented days in communities throughout Kentucky, the United States and the world, as the novel coronavirus spreads, wreaking medical and economic damage in its wake.

In recent weeks, the virus has hit close to home, with at least 10 cases confirmed in Clark County.

Kentucky’s community newspapers, large and small, in digital and in print, are taking action to keep our communities informed on everything from the latest news about the virus itself to the importance of social  distancing. We’re providing resources and connecting citizens in our communities who are affected by the unprecedented steps being taken to stop the spread of the virus. And newspapers are stepping up for their communities even as we’re directly affected, too – with our staffs working from home and many of our advertisers shutting their doors, at least for now.

Whatever happens, whenever it happens, your newspaper will be there for you.

We’ve been there and will continue to be here to let you know how our community is managing through this crisis — from business to government to the health care system and school to the drastic impact on individuals and families.

And we’ll be there to let you know about the good and extraordinary things happening in the midst of this crisis — the young boy building crosses as a symbol of hope and faith, the essential services workers who are still working hard day in and out, the churches having drive-in services to remain connected, the volunteers handing out food to local students during spring break, and more.

Amidst the sadness and anxiety, there are uplifting moments that remind us of the resilience of the human spirit, and we’ll be there to document those, too.

We’ve removed our paywall on coronavirus-related stories so residents can remain up to date.

We’ve also started a series with local people reading children’s books so our community can remain connected and involved in a difficult time.

Just like you, we are adjusting to a new reality for a little while. We’re looking at new innovative ways to find, gather and deliver the news to you.

As Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says, “We will get through this. We will get through this together.”

It will take us all to overcome this crisis, and we, as your neighbors, your friends and your source for Clark County’s news, are on your team.

Our role in this crisis is to deliver timely, accurate information to our community.

We are here to help you make sense of the situation, and to help you navigate it. Having fact-based, reliable reporting that provides public scrutiny and oversight is more important than ever.

We face a great challenge, but we face it together.

Winchester-Clark County is a resilient community where people come together to build and rebuild.

Let’s stick together, and will come through this, too.