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Welcome to your Daily Briefing for Friday, July 10, 2020.

Folks, we’ve fought the good fight, but we have to keep going. Cases of COVID-19 are spiking in Alabama and hospital ICU beds are filling up. Our friends, our spouses, and our children are in danger from the faceless beast of coronavirus. We’ve all experienced corona-burnout, but we can’t stop now.

Leaders from Auburn University and Alabama A&M University are working tirelessly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the challenges ahead. It’s about more than students returning to campus and the hope of a fall sports season. It’s about your personal safety and that of your family.

We are all responsible. We all must wear face masks and practice social distancing and sanitation.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue reminds us that “it’s an all-in approach for every member of our Family to recognize that we must be unified and fully committed to new safety protocols.”

In Extension, we take great pride in our science-based approach to pressing problems. Our 100-year history tells us that ultimately science, informed decisions, and personal responsibility make our lives and communities better.

The same is true with the fight against COVID-19. The answer is literally in front of our face. It’s our face mask. The science clearly indicates the value of a face mask, social distancing, and sanitation.

I am grateful for the personal courage and commitment that each Extension employee has demonstrated over the past four months. Your actions are the actions of leaders. Please join me in helping to lead our state by setting the right example.

We unite to face our toughest rival yet. Together, we can make 2020 the strongest comeback in our history.

Gary Lemme







Stay well. Stay safe. Stay informed!


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