Everybody Vs Covid – Let’s Do This!

Norte cares about health—your health, the health of kids, the health of communities, and we are doing our part to protect the community. We applaud the heroes among us who:

  • Wear a mask
  • Avoid indoor spaces with others.
  • Wash their hands

It sounds simplistic, and yet, these precautions are critical. Every region that has successfully slowed this coronavirus’s spread has high compliance with these three precautions. These are steps that we all can take, and they work together. The Swiss Cheese model illustrates how these precautions work together and with others to prevent the virus’s spread. Following these precautions is not overreacting. It’s taking steps to protect your health and the health of others.

The creator of the Swiss Cheese illustration above, Ian M. Macay, Ph.D., is sharing versions in multiple languages. Read it in 18 different languages!

We are in the middle of an exponentially-expanding spike in COVID-19 cases across the country, and right here at home in Northern Michigan, too. This week, the alarms went off as health officials try to prepare the public for the rapidly-approaching holidays. They warn against indoor gatherings but know the pull of families, friends, and holiday traditions is strong. Realistically, we know that cases and deaths caused by the pandemic—already at critical levels—will increase due to these gatherings. They are asking us to avoid indoor spaces with others– follow the recommendations limiting groups to 10 people and no more than two households.

As we have all year, Norte continues to offer safe programming for happy, healthy, strong communities. And as we take pandemic precautions, we are also promoting other vital health needs of our community – namely, staying active and staying connected. As we work and learn remotely, limit our time away from home, and reduce our social circles, these foundations of healthy living and a resilient community need our support. Two current events offer both.

  • Norte’s Run Sábados is a weekly walk or run at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. We meet outside the Wheelhouse at 10 am on Saturdays, then split up and hit the track. In this time of greater isolation, weekly eye contact with a friendly face and a few words of encouragement are gifts. The brisk air in your lungs helps, too.
  • This coming Sunday, our annual Cranksgiving is a chance to stay active and give back by helping families and neighbors in need. With the new orders, we are adjusting the event to reduce the possibility of congregating. We will have more info later this week – but get your costumes ready. Cranksgiving is still a go–responsibly.

We know people are tired. I’m even a little tired of people saying we’re tired. However, we have shown what we can do as a community when we flattened the curve last spring. The Norte community stood tall all summer and through the fall, helping us safely run our most successful bike programs. Let’s continue to be leaders together and recognize our shared responsibility. Norte has your back.

Stay safe, healthy, and active – responsibly.


– Gary, Advocacy Director


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