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UP: To statewide mandatory testing of those in assisted living facilities and daycare staff. If we are to truly reopen our economy while schools are closed, parents will be left with few options unless they are confident their kids are safe in daycare facilities. (Of course, there still must be precautions taken to be sure the kids do not spread COVID-19 and other illnesses among themselves).

DOWN: To those who believe we can safely reopen our economy without also taking some personal precautions and using common courtesy. Following preventive guidelines is more important now than ever if we are to be able to sustain a return to commerce and interaction. In fact, the use of protective equipment and common sense is what will make it possible to do precisely what those who say they refuse to use either want done.

UP: To the organizations working together to set up shower availability for the homeless, during this time when cleanliness means even more. The United Way, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and Salvation Army are teaming up to make it happen.

UP: To the great generosity shown by local residents and businesses last week, as early numbers show some nonprofits received record contributions during Give Local MOV Day — matched by corporate sponsors; and on the same day United Bank matched $25,000 in Philanthropy West Virginia’s Giving Tuesday for the COVID-19 response.

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