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EDITORIAL: Prepare to reopen – responsibly

A sign offers appreciation to those on the front line in the fight to contain the virus, health care workers. (The Enterprise/File)

Thanks to a combination of planning and political will, it looks like Malheur County will be open for business again on Friday.

Don’t get overly excited, though. There will be plenty of changes in how business is done, what people can do, and the risks ahead. Prepare to help your community get back on its feet but also be ready to adapt.

We got to this point because of hard work – by local officials, by health authorities and by responsible citizens who know a crisis when they see one. Malheur County has largely dodged the fate of larger communities. People here have been infected with COVID-19, but not one has needed to check into a hospital . . .