On March 22, 2020, the first four cases of COVID-19 were reported in Coral Gables residents.
Although the numbers of Gables residents who have died and those who have recovered has not been released by the State of Florida Department of Emergency Management, the City of 50,000 has seen its fair share of COVID casualties.
The road back to normalcy has begun, even though it is a new normal. A normal knowing the heavy human toll paid during this pandemic, as well as the heavy financial toll.
Life is getting back to normal though. The growing availability of the vaccine and herd immunity have played a role in many returning to their pre-pandemic activities. The days of uncertainty and concerns for safety are beginning to move behind us, but the need for caution remains.
But we owe the slow flattening of our municipal curve to ourselves for heeding warnings and taking the necessary precautions.