Dumas Mayor Bob Brinkmann addressed the coronavirus (COVID19) issue Tuesday in the regular meeting of the Dumas City Commission. He called on citizens to show restraint and stop the hoarding that in recent days has emptied the shelves of local grocery stores and Walmart of toilet paper, bottled water, and other products. "To the citizens, you need to know that we are doing everything in our power to make sure we keep our community as safe as possible. We are working with the state, federal, and other organizations in the community to have a cohesive, unified plan of attack against this virus, were it to come to Dumas. I don't believe this is the time to panic. It is a serious illness that affects especially some of the weakest among us, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, and it is not something to be taken lightly, and we definitely aren't in our community. But on the other hand, Dumas and Texas, we have been very resilient. We are strong, courageous people. We have overcome a lot of things in our past, and we will overcome this, and we will be stronger when this is over. … We have each other's back; this is the time we work together. Use common sense precautions. I am Christian, and I am not trying to impose this on anyone. One verse that always in these times comes to mind is Timothy 1: 7: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of sound mind." And I think that really rings true of how we should act. We should keep a sound mind in this environment, and we should be the example to neighboring communities of how to respond to something like this. I hope that anybody who is listening to this or reading it in the paper or whatever, that we be considerate of our neighbors and quit hoarding necessity items. If you don't hoard those things, there is enough for everybody, if you use them as you normally would. There is not a shortage, except for people putting years and years of supply of these products, and what you do is hurt those people who maybe don't have the ability to go out and get those and hurt our first responders and hurt our hospital and our staff, because they can't get those products as well. So I would ask that the citizens of Dumas show some restraint in the fear and the panic and be there for each other."
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