JASPER -- Jasper mayor Dean Vonderheide is urging residents to keep Christmas gatherings small this year, adding our local healthcare system can't handle another surge.
In a statement the mayor said.....
"As we prepare for one of our most treasured holiday seasons,
please consider the safety and well-being of family and friends.
Evidence reveals that
large family gatherings where social distancing and mask wearing are “temporarily on
hold’ for the convenience of celebrating as we’ve done in the past become the “super
Our hospital and healthcare professionals are doing all they can to
save lives and treat individuals inflicted with COVID-19. The frustration with the casual
attitude that “I/we are exempt during our special occasion” is mounting as they
recognize a high percentage of those being treated have adopted and lived by this, thus
making our healthcare resources stretch and strain to treat.
I would like to plead with you to keep your family and social circle tight. Act as though
you or everyone in the room with you are carriers of COVID-19.
So many who have
contracted the disease don’t even know they are contagious. The Thanksgiving Holiday
has proven to be a source of the recent spike. Don’t let Christmas and the New Year
Our healthcare system can’t handle another surge and continue to
treat the other emergency situations that have a history of repeating during this holiday
Do what is right to protect yourself and your family. Don’t cave to the
pressures of social acceptance and ridicule. We are a strong and wise community,
when we choose to be.
I do wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a future that is void of COVID19."