I evaded the modern plague for two years, four months and six days, but the COVID-19 coronavirus finally got its hooks in me just over a week ago.

It arrived on our shores in mid-January after starting in Wuhan, China and rapidly spreading around the globe, with the first cases in Alabama emerging on my birthday, March 26, 2020.

The March 2020 press conference where things abruptly got real in DeKalb County. It feels like a decade must have passed since that day.

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