Together, we face another critical juncture in this pandemic. Spread in our county is at an all-time high, health care workers are strained and hospitals are reaching capacity.
To protect our public servants, we’re immediately adjusting our operations and reinforcing mask wearing and hand hygiene.
Extra precautions now will save lives. These steps also will ensure our dedicated public servants can continue to serve our community.
We’re thankful to see light — and potential vaccines — at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Meanwhile, each one of us must make decisions that will make a dramatic difference in stopping the spread of COVID-19, the third-leading cause of death this year in Iowa.
We can skip in-person gatherings, particularly indoors. We must wear masks whenever we do interact with people outside our household, since science shows masks protect others in case the wearer is infected and they also protect the wearer from others who are infected.
We’re all tired of only seeing family over FaceTime, of holding meetings via Zoom and asking our kids to learn and play online. It hurts to adapt holiday traditions, even when it’s to keep the people we love safe and healthy.
We all have a part to play in this. Our personal choices matter, and I urge you to join me in this vigilance as we see this through.
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There has been too much pain and sorrow around us. We need everyone’s help in beating this dread disease.
Mayor Terry Donahue