It's almost inconceivable just how much the world has changed in the past month.

We've all been affected by the shockwaves caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Stores are closed.

Schools are empty.

Families shelter in their homes; afraid to go outside.

Millions of people in this country are unemployed.

Worst of all, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world are sick, infected, dead or dying.

The situation is heartbreaking.

We've been reporting on how the COVID-19 virus has disturbed life in Madison County since the beginning of the crisis.

On Monday, though, the issue became even more personal for everyone in our building.

Community Newspapers Holdings Incorporated (CNHI) announced The Richmond Register would only produce three newspapers a week -- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

In addition, several employees, some of whom had worked here for decades, were placed on furlough.

It was a sad day.

Tears were shed.

The decision was, of course, financially based.

This is a business.

Advertising revenue has plummeted during this crisis, forcing the company to re-think its direction and make some difficult long-term adjustments.

Like so many other small businesses, the Register will have to adjust to a new normal or be forced to take even more drastic measures in the very near future.

We are determined to move forward.

The Richmond Register is not going away.

We are still here, and we will continue to provide the best coverage of everything happening in Madison County, every day.

We will just be doing it in a slightly different way.

Our reporters will continue to cover their beats and share the stories of the people in this community whom we are proud to call our friends, family and neighbors.

The Register is set to produce only three newspaper editions a week, but our website and social media outlets will be updated multiple times a day. We will continue to pass along the information to you as soon as we get it.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date reporting.

The reduction in delivery days will help ensure a long, profitable future and one which will allow us to continue to provide the same quality product.

We will move on.

We will miss our furloughed co-workers and we hope that, maybe one day, they can come back to work with us.

We know millions of other Americans have also been laid off in the past month.

It's heartbreaking.

Just like everyone else, we will get through this and adapt to this changing world.

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