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COVID-19 is writing its own tragedy

"Thousands of people in Memphis have lost their jobs...hundreds have lost their businesses, or are struggling,” says Mayor Jim Strickland.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — A mask...a mask...my kingdom for a mask.

A modern day Shakespeare tragedy.

We have reached a point where we have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic almost half the year.

It is still killing people.

It is still paralyzing cities economic plans.

“Obviously, the pandemic has negatively affected so many businesses. Thousands of people in Memphis have lost their jobs...hundreds have lost their businesses, or are struggling.”

It is becoming more difficult, as every day passes to remember life before the virus. 

“We are still in the midst of the pandemic,” Mayor Strickland says. “We are...what...five or six months into it...and I think we’ve got at least another five or six months to go before we see a vaccine.”

Stop for a moment. Remember what the Mayor said. THOUSANDS of people remain unemployed.

“It has gotten a little better since May,” he says, “...when it was the worst...when there were so many closures. But if you really look at it, most businesses are open to some degree right now.”