City pleads for help, asks people to follow health guidelines
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele begged residents to follow health guidelines during his press conference on Wednesday.
He said according to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the state ranks 7th in the nation for new COVID-19 cases. Central Nebraska is also increasing at an alarming rate with 99 new cases reported every week on average.
“You do not want to be sick," Steele said. “You do not want to be quarantined. You want your businesses to stay open. The decisions made by me and Grand Island Public Schools are intended to protect us, our children and our economy.”
Steele also talked about his own experience with having to quarantine and how it disrupted his life, his income, and his ability to be mayor.
“You all know the health reasons to protect yourselves from the virus," Steele said. "Another reason to protect yourself involves your money. If you get quarantined for two weeks, you may lose earnings like I did, and by being quarantined you may hurt the money-making ability of the business where you work.”
City officials stated if people don’t want to get sick and quarantine, don’t want their schools to shut down or their businesses to suffer, then the community must do everything within its power to control the virus.
“We cannot let ourselves get complacent by believing everything has returned to normal,” Steele said. “We all have the power to slow the virus down by wearing masks and social distancing.”
Steele said he needs the community’s help to keep schools open and keep the economy stable. He asks people to wear masks, wash their hands and social distance to keep cases from going up and the city from shutting down again.
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