Community Leaders ask for Citizen Support in fight against COVID-19


SAN ANGELO, Texas – San Angelo Community Leaders from Angelo State University, City of San Angelo, Howard College, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, San Angelo ISD and Tom Green County are calling on all citizens to step up and help end the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are the videos and transcripts from San Angelo Community Leaders:

Angelo State University

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important that we remain vigilant and focused on protecting not just our campus community, but the San Angelo Community as well,” Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., President of Angelo State University, said.

“One of the ways we can do this is by increasing the number of people who are vaccinated against COVID-19,” Keaghan Holt, Ram Fam Member and TTUS Student Regent, said.

“We strongly encourage everyone who is physical able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is free, safe and effective,” Hawkins adds.

“You can get your vaccination at multiple places in town, or take advantage of our on-campus vaccination clinics this month,” Holt said.

“Let’s continue to honor our commitment to our community and each other,” Hawkins said.

“Together we are RamFam strong” Holt said.

City of San Angelo

Here’s what San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter had to say about the fight against COVID-19:

“My fellow citizens of San Angelo, today I am here to give you an update on what’s going on in this city. Inside our hospitals, I can tell you that the severity of the COVID-19 situation has escalated to a level that our medical staff is having trouble managing.

Beds are full, staff is lower, and many COVID patients are not getting better. The worst part of it all, is that all of this was, and is largely preventable, and we’re seeing this happen all across the nation, the state, not just here in San Angelo.

As citizens, you do not need the mayor, the governor nor the president to tell you what to do. Each of you must take personal responsibility for your health, your family’s health as well as your friends and neighbors.

Personal responsibility means making the right decision, as it relates to wearing a mask, where to go, or whether, where not to go, avoiding large crowds, socially distancing and all the other precautions you’ve been taught since the pandemic began.

When you’re driving in your car and staying within the speed limit or wearing your seatbelt to protect everyone in the car, and others on the road, you’re taking personal responsibility. When you buy healthy foods for yourself and family. You’re taking personal responsibility. When you put sunscreen on your children, you’re taking personal responsibility for them. The list goes on. But the point is that protecting yourself and others against exposure to COVID is all about the decisions you make.

I understand that many don’t want the government in their lives, telling them what to do. Vaccines are the biggest topic of controversy right now. The fact of the matter is that nobody here can make you get the vaccine. I can’t do it. I don’t have that power. Only you can choose what you do.

I implore all of you who have not been vaccinated, to please reconsider.

Don’t believe every post or article you see on social media.

Talk to your doctor about your hesitations and concerns. They are the most trustworthy source you’ve got when it comes to medical opinions.

No, vaccinations are not 100%, effective as it relates to preventing COVID infection, but the difference is that the vaccine will most likely keep you out of the hospital, or from dying should you contract COVID. Again, talk to your doctor about this, if you have more questions.

For the sake of our medical community and the community around us. Please carefully consider your choices.

It’s truly become a matter of life and death.

One of our societal values is having the right to choose what we do right now.

I hope we can place a higher value on the lives of ourselves and others, and make a choice to protect each other and help put an end to this pandemic, once and for all.”

Howard College

“Howard College cares deeply about our faculty, staff, students and this community. We want everyone to be safe and healthy. Please follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, get vaccinated and follow social distancing guidelines. We can all do this together,” Pam Callan, Executive Dean of Howard College San Angelo, said.

San Angelo Chamber of Commerce

Here’s what Walt Koenig, President and CEO of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce had to say about the fight against COVID-19:

“San Angelo continues to deal with the current surge of the COVID-19 virus. We see emotions running high in many sectors regarding this unfortunate turn of events.

As a community, we need to work together to push ahead and to overcome this persistent challenge.

Respecting each other, and recognizing that individual choice must be part of this process is critical. We must respect everyone’s right to choose what’s right for themselves and their families.

Having said that, mitigating the spread of the virus is ultimately a pro community pro jobs, pro business and pro education decision.

Please consider wearing masks when appropriate, and please consider getting the vaccine.

Working together we will ensure that all our businesses are fully staffed able to provide the services you need, and able to grow and support this community that we all love so much. Together, over our long history, we have faced and conquered many challenges. We will certainly do so again we are after all, San Angelo.”

San Angelo ISD

Here’s what Dr. Carl Dethloff, Superintendent of San Angelo ISD had to say about the fight against COVID-19

“Today, our partners around our community, are coming together to share a message of hope and personal responsibility.

COVID-19 is spreading quickly in our city and impacting our health, our lives and our schools.

Across our community, we are seeing positive cases increase, teacher shortages in our classrooms, nursing shortages in our local hospitals and medical facilities and limited space for patients in ICU.

Emotions are high, the debates are loud and families are left scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to keep their loved ones healthy.

But this we do know, our children matter. Having in person school matters and a healthy San Angelo matters. Together, Let’s make an adjustment.

Let’s take personal responsibility and make a change to support the overall health and wellness of our community.

There are many mitigation strategies that are available to us to support this change: distancing, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, face coverings and based on local data, the vaccine has proven to be a very effective tool in decreasing the effects of COVID-19.

These are options, and there are others. The choice is yours.

Let’s all do our part and make a change, by working hand in hand, we can help curtail the spread of this serious virus in the community we love and call home.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve this community and for coming together to keep San Angelo strong.”

Tom Green County

Here’s what Tom Green County Judge Floyd had to say about the fight against COVID-19:

“It’s my honor, y’all trusted me to serve as your county judge, along with 500 plus other county employees that are dedicated to deliver essential services.

And this room and other buildings here we deliver the court systems run the sheriff’s department, juvenile and adult detention centers to court residential treatment centers, we keep up your records and we conduct your elections. I’m trying to say, that a lot of the central services that are dying in this county hasn’t got a dedicated folks that I think are important to you.

I’m also a native here, I got children and grandchildren and extended family members all over this community. They work, worship, live, play and educate themselves out here. I’m a proponent, I think it’s so much better for our community to have in person schooling going on. I certainly like going to watch the football games and things.

But we’re challenged we have, you know, we may want to be through with COVID. But COVID is not through with us and it certainly affected our quality of life here.

I joined with my other community partners, the ones that are in charge of delivering that education, delivering our health care system, providing support for our business community, which is so important to deliver the goods and services and the economic vitality that we need, and those that are training our great military.

I join them and asking you to help us, personally, take the right steps for us to send COVID on down the road.

We’re already. I don’t understand that, in a way while we’re back into this disposition with the second wave. But you’ve been told the actions that you could take. Keep separated if you can. If you can’t keep separated, please consider and be considerate and think about putting on a mask. Obviously, washing your hands, you know all the drill.

You know, is a lot of information mixed information about the vaccines. I will admit I am vaccinated. But just look at our local numbers and analyze how much additional protection the vaccine gives you against this horrible disease.

Just take into consideration those who are delivering those health care systems that health system that keeps us so safe. Make the decision that’s in your best interest and your family and truthfully for the rest of us.

God bless Tom Green County and hopefully you’ll have a great day.

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