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I am thankful for you

I am thankful for so much as we move into the holiday season. Even during these unprecedented times of COVID-19 and its effects on all of us, I am doing my best to keep a positive attitude.

Thinking about all our residents do to keep us going helps me to do that.

The people who pick our produce and make sure we can buy food at the grocery stores. Those who make sure we can get things we need delivered to our homes. People who continue to serve us in our restaurants—even if our food is “to go.” Those who teach our children, even though they are doing it differently now.

So many of you are helping to keep life moving, even if at a different pace. I am grateful for you.

I am grateful for the healthcare providers who have always risked their lives to help us heal when we need them. I am thankful for teachers who are teaching in new ways in trying times.

I am also grateful for first responders who are on the front lines during COVID-19 and every day, responding to emergencies of all kinds and help to keep our communities safe. Today, we need them more than ever.

I am grateful for the staff at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. They always were a caring, hardworking team working toward the same goal: To protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. I am also grateful for the large team of community leaders and partners who extend our work into our communities. I know the great work they do. Now you see it, too.

I am thankful for all of our residents.

You are not afraid to work hard. I am grateful for your willingness to do what it takes to get us through this latest increase in cases.

No one asked for COVID-19. But we are doing our best to respond to it

Winter will be difficult. Our new case numbers already are high and could go higher. Hospitalizations increased lately. Deaths likely will follow. We will continue to watch all the data. But focusing on any one metric does not tell the whole story. We need to examine the data in its entirety, which is difficult as it changes from day to day. Case counts, percent positives, hospitalizations—we examine everything.

COVID-19 is spread across the county.

COVID is affecting all of us, and we are in this together. As we move through the holiday season, please remember the safest option is to gather only with people from your household and to avoid travel.

If you do expand your circle, please  keep gatherings small.

 

Please read up on our guidance for safe gatherings. These are the practices that will help keep us safe from COVID-19 and the flu. And please seek COVID-19 testing if you experience symptoms.

Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.