Kane County mayors from St. Charles, Batavia, Geneva, Elgin and South Elgin have produced a video urging residents to do all they can to stop the spread of COVID-19 during the recent surge and as the Thanksgiving holiday draws near.
St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina, Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain and South Elgin Village President Steve Ward asked residents to stay home as much as possible and to take a pass on large family get-togethers.
“We need you to listen,” Rogina said in the video’s introduction.
“This city of energy knows we have the power to do the right thing for our first responders,” Shielke said.
“It’s not just the hospitals that are struggling,” Burns said. “The physicians and nurses and professionals who are for those who are ill, they also have to worry about heading home to their families. If you’re thinking of going out, please don’t. Help us do all we can to bend the curve.”
“We’re in a crises,” Kaptain said. “We know that lives are at risk. We have to do what’s necessary. Make alternative plans for your holiday season. It’s time for us to not sit at the same table, potentially sharing the virus with our loved ones. We want you to be able to share future holidays with your parents and your grandparents.”
“It keeps me awake at night,” Ward said. “We have to look out for small business and health care workers and our vulnerable populations. We can do that if we all follow the public health guidance.
“We can do this, Fox Valley,” Ward said,
“Yes, it’s time for everyone to share the same goal,” Rogina said.