Thanksgiving Community Letter

We need your help this Thanksgiving.

Our community leaders came together to sign a letter about our situation this Thanksgiving 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 the Residents of Our Region,

COVID-19 does not get the day off for Thanksgiving, and neither should our efforts to slow the spread of this deadly virus that is threatening our hospitals and endangering our families and friends.

From March through August, we fared better against the coronavirus than many other parts of the country. 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.

Stay home

Stay home

Social Distance

Give others space

Face Mask

Wear a mask

But things have changed in the last several weeks. Now, with cold weather keeping us indoors and holiday gatherings offering easy excuses to let our guard down, we are losing the valuable ground we held against the coronavirus these past seven months.

This is about us. This is about our friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and others who call our region home. It’s up to each of us to keep our loved ones and others safe and healthy. 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, let’s use this time of Thanksgiving as an opportunity to identify everything and everyone who fills us with gratitude and do what it takes to protect them. Maintain your “bubble” during Thanksgiving. Wear a mask or face covering. Give others – even family – plenty of space, especially while eating. Let your family and friends outside your home know it’s OK to stay put this year.

Please commit to helping our region have a safe Thanksgiving. We can do it.

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

Imran A. Andrabi, MD

President and CEO,

Mark P. Duerwaechter

Kaukauna Area School District

Margaret “Peggy” Larson, Ed.D.

Winneconne Community School District

Mary Pfeiffer, PhD

Neenah Joint School District

Laurie Asher

Seymour Community School District

Kurt Eggebrecht

Health Officer,
City of Appleton

Dominick Madison, PhD

Brillion Public Schools

Bernie Sherry

SVP, Ascension and Ministry Market Executive,
Ascension Wisconsin

Judy Baseman, PhD

Appleton Area School District

Cindi Geobel

Communications and Project Specialist,
Calumet County Public Health

Chad Marx

School District of Stockbridge

Anthony Sweere

Hilbert School District

Scott Bleck

School District of New London

Doug Gieryn

Health Director/Health Officer,
Winnebago County

Nancy McKenney

Public Health Director/Local Health Officer,
City of Menasha

Chris VanderHeyden

Menasha Joint School District

David M. Botz

Little Chute Area School District

Jay R. Jones, PhD

School District of Omro

Don Merkes

City of Menasha

Natalie Vandeveld

Public Health Officer/Manager,
Outagamie County Public Health Division

Carla Buboltz

Wrightstown Community School District

Dean Kaufert

City of Neenah

Thomas M. Nelson

County Executive,
Outagamie County

Jake Woodford

City of Appleton

Vickie L. Cartwright,  PhD

Oshkosh Area School District

Bonnie Kolbe, RN, BSN, CHPN

Health Division Manager/Health Officer,
Calumet County Public Health

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