It is a little more than two weeks since Tony Bloom used an interview on Albion's website to ask for the club and fans to be positive and pull together.

It feels a lot longer ago than that as various aspects of our nation’s social and working life followed football in battening down the hatches this weekend in the faces of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bloom’s message followed similar words from head coach Graham Potter and senior players Lewis Dunk and Dale Stephens.

That was all in relation to club’s quest to retain its Premier League status. And we thought we had issues to deal with then!

Exactly two weeks later, football results were at the back of everyone’s minds. That goes from chairman Bloom, on his 50th birthday, throughout the club.

Chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber spoke on behalf of the club on Friday about the ever-developing battle against coronavirus.

The same “together” theme which has been used on and off the pitch over the last five years was still at the forefront.Still very appropriate.

Barber told how staff members would be contacting elderly supporters to keep them company.

He praised the efforts of those getting into work and those soldiering on at home.

And he stressed the way the club were pulling together – and helping the wider community where possible.

Football is on hold until, for now, April 30. At least in terms of matches.

No one really knows how long it will all go on for. April 30 feels optimistic.

Barber is confident Albion will get through it all - together.

He said: “Earlier this week I asked our staff to live by our club’s values by looking in on any elderly or infirm neighbours – and I extend that to those of our supporters who are able to do so.

“I have already read so many stories of our supporters stepping up to help others in need, and that brings some light to these otherwise difficult and uncertain times for everyone.

“Kindness costs nothing. And we are fortunate to live in an inclusive and kind community. Never has our mantra of “together” been more important.”

Barber has been keen to keep footballing matters in context over the last week or so, ever since a positive coronavirus test by Mikel Arteta changed the footballing landscape.

That will continue. Health comes first.

How the fixture list is sorted out is something which can be left for later.

There are some football matters which must be attended to now.

Tending pitches, for example, or dealing with season tickets.

Barber wrote: “At the stadium and training ground, we have a small number of staff still coming in to work.

“These are teams who are unable to work from home such as security, maintenance, grounds staff and supporter services.

“On behalf of the club, and supporters, I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to those staff for going that extra mile and taking extra precautions at each step in order to help us to continue to operate where possible.

“The human cost of this crisis is already very significant from a health point of view.

“And the speed and severity of the financial impact on so many businesses and individuals is unprecedented.

“The club is not immune from either effect. Whilst our players and coaching staff have, thankfully, so far avoided illness, we continue to have other colleagues self-isolating and we wish them, and everyone else suffering from the virus, well.

“The club is certainly not immune to the financial effects of the virus either. And, once again, we must thank Tony Bloom for his continued generous support.

“While the financial impact is clearly secondary to the health and wellbeing of our staff, community, and the population as a whole, we are working very hard to mitigate the financial damage to the club and to continue providing supporters with whatever services we still can, while following the essential medical advice.

“There have been some very long hours in the past weeks, and I’m grateful for the fantastic support I’m receiving from my executive team, who are also still leading from the office where it is appropriate, practical and safe to do so, and the club’s board.

“Our supporter services team continues to work on seat moves and processing new season tickets for those fans on the waiting list.

“Once they complete that task, and with the help of other staff whose workloads are reduced, they then plan to begin a telephone service checking in on our older supporters who are self-isolating at home – even if it’s just to chat about their experiences supporting the Albion.

“We are a community club and it’s a small but practical thing we can do to support people that mean a lot to us and who have been there for the club over many years.”

What we know in terms of on-field matters is that all parties are determined to complete the 2019-20 season if possible.

What if that cannot happen? Again, that is for further down the line.

But, while keeping the game itself in perspective is key, it would be wrong to go the whole way and say it is not important.

It is an important passion for many. More than that, it also underpins how many people earn their living.

That goes from players and club employees through to those in direct contact, such as suppliers, through to more indirect connections, maybe running a pub which fans visit on the way to matches.

Barber wrote: “We all look forward to the day when we are able to host and play football once again – and not just because we are able to restart our core business, and protect the jobs of so many people we employ directly and indirectly, but because our hope is it will be a sign that we are starting to win the fight against this virus, and provide a light at the end of the tunnel in what is arguably the biggest challenge the human race has faced in the last one hundred years.

“However, we must still remain realistic.

“The Government’s estimate of 12 weeks to start seeing progress in the battle against the virus offers hope, as does news of vaccine trials across the world, but while people continue to become sick in our country and others, the vaccine is unavailable and the virus continues to attack, we simply must continue to prioritise health, follow the medical advice, and look out for those who are particularly vulnerable.

“We must all play our part in restricting and slowing the spread of the virus.”

Together - it’s a word Albion have used to help get them a handy 0-0 at Molineux and to see them through awful times when touched by tragedy in 2015.

They look forward to the day Premier League points become the main worry again.