Shawano Area Leaders Agree

We have an emergency situation and we need your help.

Shawano area 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.

To Our Fellow Shawano Area Residents,

From March through August, we fared better against the coronavirus than many other parts of the country. We avoided dangerous surges of infections that would have overwhelmed our hospitals and forced broad closures of businesses. We kept the spread of the virus under control through rigorous planning, strong partnerships among local organizations, and a real commitment from all of us to move forward safely, together.

During the spring and summer, enough of us were doing the things we have to do to fight the virus: wearing face coverings, avoiding large gatherings, practicing physical distancing and maintaining good hygiene. We saw the benefits of our individual and collective effort – our economy began to recover, our hospitals resumed services that were temporarily put on hold, and most importantly, fewer people were getting infected.

But things have changed in the last several weeks and now we are at risk of losing all of the valuable ground we held against the coronavirus these past six months. Today, too many are not following the guidelines outlined by local hospitals, public health officials, physicians and nurses, the CDC and other health care experts. Instead we’re giving in to caution-fatigue and putting ourselves and others at risk.

This is about us. This is about our friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and others who call the Shawano area home. People are suffering and they don’t have to. Our health care workers can help them when they need it, but it’s up to each of us to keep our loved ones and others out of the hospital. It’s up to us to keep our businesses open and our kids in school.

In order to turn this around and keep moving forward safely, we need to band together again and look at what we are doing. Ask yourself, “What am I doing differently? What manageable changes can I make to help get my community back on track?”

We have a duty to re-double our individual and collective efforts. Let’s recommit to protecting ourselves and our community. We need to do what we know works: Wear face coverings. Practice physical distancing. Avoid group gatherings. Maintain good hygiene.

We, as signatories of this letter, have a shared commitment to the health, wellbeing and strength of our communities. We are like-minded organizations and individuals dedicated to safeguarding our community’s health, supporting our schools, and bolstering our economy by amplifying the importance of a sustained pledge to safe behaviors in the evolving fight against COVID-19.

Please join us to help our community move forward safely, together. We can do it. We’ve done it before.

Help spread the word about what we need to do by sharing what you are doing to stay safe using #forwardsafelytogether and/or #besafeshawano. You can also take the Be Safe Pledge.

Randi Anderson

Shawano School District

Emma Ewing

Village Veterinary Clinic

Matty Mathison

Shawano Pathways (retired)

Nancy Schultz

United Way of Shawano County, Inc.

Imran A. Andrabi, MD


Tim Ewing

Navarino Nature Center

James W. Meyer

Denmark State Bank

Robyn L. Shingler

Shawano School District

Mike Bogenschut

Shawano Paper Mill Little Rapids Corp.

Mindy Frimodig, DO

ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano

Andrew Miller

Stockbridge-Munsee Health and Wellness Center

Amy Slagle, MD

Menominee Tribal Clinic

Nancy Brown-Koeller

Shawano Pathways

Brian Grieves, DC

Grieves Chiropractic

Paula Morgan

ThedaCare Community Health Improvement

Nancy Smith

Shawano County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Todd J. Buettner

Shawano City Housing Authority

Theresa Harmala, MSN, RN

Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department

Jeannie Otto

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Rhonda Strebel

City of Shawano Alderperson, District 2
Rural Health Initiative

Julie Chikowski

ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano

Matt Hendricks

City of Shawano

Rev. Dr. Deborah Pagels

First Presbyterian Church of Shawano

Gregory Sturm

Shawano Pathways

Stacey Cicero

Safe Haven

Phil Hollar

ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano

Cara Peterson

The Cottages on Golden Pond Assisted Living & Memory Care

Gary Tauchen

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 6

Merrie Crawford

Shawano Area Food Center

Shannon Holsey

Stockbridge-Munsee Community

Kathy Qualheim, MD

ThedaCare (retired)

Laura Thayer

ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano

Patrick Crawford


Richard J. Kane

Shawano County Department of Human Services

Patsey H. Robertson, RN

Friends of Hospice (retired)

Peter Thillman

Shawano County Economic Progress, Inc.

Wendy Crawford

Boys & Girls Club of Shawano

Kersten Accounting & Tax Professionals

Richard Sarnwick, DO

Aurora Health Center-Shawano (retired)

Jerry L. Waukau

Menominee Tribal Clinic

J. Kevin Culhane, MD

Menominee Tribal Clinic

Brian Knapp

Shawano Municipal Utilities & Badger Power Marketing Authority

Jo Ann Schedler, MSM, BSN, RN

U.S. Army (retired)

Mary White

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats

Maureen (Muffy) Culhane, Pharma.D.

ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano SAM25

Jeff Knope

Dearco Distributing, Inc.

Jonathan Schedler

Reverend (retired)

Chuck Dallas

ThedaCare Shawano Board of Trustees

Will Kort

Shawano Pathways

Megan Schuessler

ThedaCare Family of Foundations

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