Fox Valley Community Letter

We have an emergency situation and we need your help.

Fox Valley community leaders came together to sign a community letter about our local situation with COVID-19. We need your help to spread the word about what we need to be doing as community members to help fight against the spread of COVID-19. We strongly encourage you to read and share the letter on your social media platforms.

Dear Neighbors,

It’s that time of year when “no room in the inn” touches many of our hearts. Unfortunately for many in our region, it’s hitting too close to home.

People in need of emergency or specialty care are experiencing hospitals that are near capacity, where almost 80% of hospitalized and ICU patients are unvaccinated from COVID-19.
Students are facing the possibility of being sent home from school to quarantine.
Business owners need to balance creating safe environments while serving customers in this new environment.
Each of us is trying our best to cope with increased and prolonged stress and uncertainty in nearly every aspect of our lives due to the ongoing pandemic.

Amid sluggish vaccination rates, surging COVID-19 cases, worrisome variants and the onset of another pandemic winter, we need to embrace the holiday spirit and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communitie.

After nearly two years of cautious living, we all have the desire to return to “normal”. We hope we will find encouragement in the fact that we have the tools to push back against another surge and close the gap between today and when we can return to “normal” life with safety and confidence.

Join us in choosing some of the many ways to Be Safe this holiday season.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already.
  • All Wisconsinites 5+ are eligible and vaccines are our best approach to ensure access to care, keep kids in schools and keep businesses open.
  • More than 3 million Wisconsinites and 200 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, and the vast majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the un
  • Local health care providers and pharmacies are offering a variety of easy scheduling options for the vaccine, including walk-in.
Get a COVID-19 booster when you’re eligible.
  • All Wisconsinites 16+ who have been fully vaccinated for more than 6 months, with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 booster.
  • All Wisconsinites 18+ who have been fully vaccinated for more than 2 months with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are strongly encouraged to receive a booster.
Stop COVID-19’s ability to move through our communities.
  • Vaccines are available for everyone age 5+ and everyone can Be Safe.
  • We know face coverings, physical distancing, flu shots and limiting opportunities for illness of all kinds to spread makes a difference in fighting COVID-19.
  • Communicate expectations in invitations ahead of time and enforce masking indoors when vaccine status of all attendees is unknown, to create the safest environment.

This is about people. Our friends, families, neighbors, colleagues and others who need our help.

Will you help us Be Safe this holiday season and ensure there is room in the inn for us all?


Happy Holidays,

Imran A. Andrabi, MD, FAAFP

President and CEO

Bryan Davis

District Administrator
Oshkosh Area School District

James M. Kotek

President and CEO
Menasha Corporation

Kristene Stacker, RN

Partnership Community Health Center, Inc.

Laurie Asher

District Administrator
Seymour Community School District

Curt Detjen

President and CEO
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Margaret “Peggy” Larson

District Administrator
Winneconne Community School District

Dr. Craig Sylte

Griebenow Eyecare

Becky Bartoszek

President and CEO
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce

Tracey Froiland, RN, MSN

FVHERC Coordinator
Fox Valley Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition

Greg Lemke-Rochon

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley

Chris L. VanderHeyden

District Administrator
Menasha Joint School District

Dr. Judith M. Baseman

District Administrator
Appleton Area School District

Peter Gianopoulos

President and CEO
United Way Fox Cities

Dr. Mary Pfeiffer

District Administrator
Neenah Joint School District

Natalie Vandeveld, M.S., REHS

Public Health Officer/Manager
Outagamie County Public Health Division

Michael Bergmann, RN, MHA

Regional President
Fox Valley Hospitals
Ascension Wisconsin

Doug Gieryn

Director/Health Officer
Winnebago County Public Health

Mark Rohloff

City Manager
City of Oshkosh

Lee Vogel, MD

Executive Director
Mosaic Family Health

Peg Burington

Library Director
Waupaca Area Public Library

Kristine Hutter

Public Health Director/Health Officer
City of Menasha Health Department

Nichole J Schweitzer

District Administrator
School District of Shiocton

Chip Wood

Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Fox Valley

Tim Cody

Fox Valley Veterans Council

Sonja Jensen

Interim Health Officer
City of Appleton Health Department

Want to show your support?

Take the Be Safe Wisconsin pledge to show your family, friends and neighbors that you are committed to helping them Be Safe in the fight against COVID-19.

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