Woodbury Mayor Addresses Coronavirus: City Must 'Pull Together'

William Bornhoft

This article originally appeared on the Woodbury Patch

WOODBURY, MN — Woodbury's mayor is encouraging residents to work together, support local businesses, and be kind to each other as the city faces the spread of the new coronavirus. Anne Burt discussed COVID-19 and its impact on the community in a letter this week.

"I encourage each of us to take this seriously; we each need to do our part to reduce the spread of this disease," she wrote. "Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health websites to stay informed about this pandemic and learn more about what you need to do to stay healthy."

Many businesses and restaurants in Woodbury must remain closed through April 10 during the statewide "stay at home" order issued by Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday.

In addition to buying local and staying positive, the mayor urged residents to ask for help if they need it, and to offer help if they can.

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Read Burt's letter below:

It is more important than ever that we rise to the challenge, pull together, look after each other, and act with kindness. I have been encouraged by the many acts of kindness that I’ve witnessed and read about. As each day brings news of worry, difficulty and hardship, I’ve also seen how our community has stepped forward with ways to support and lend a hand where needed.

We all play a part in ensuring that we get through this crisis. There are three specific things we all can do:

If you need help, ask. Reach out to people in your network of relatives, neighbors, friends, colleagues, and faith community and ask for support.

If you can give help, give it. Reach out to people in your network and help where you are able.

Support our local businesses and organizations; they have helped make Woodbury the great community it is and deserve our continued support.

I want you to know that the employees of your City of Woodbury government are doing all they can to limit as many disruptions in city services as possible. While most city offices and facilities are closed to the public to encourage appropriate social distancing, city employees are working diligently to meet the needs of our community and can be reached by phone or email. Learn more about the impacts to city services on the COVID-19 page, social media accounts, or by signing up for alerts via the InTouch email notification system.

I am in communication with our state and county governments, school districts, support agencies and organizations as well as surrounding communities on a regular basis to stay informed of changing circumstances and anything further we need to do at our municipal level.

Together, we will get through this. We might be ordinary people, but we each can rise to meet this challenge.

All the best in health to you and your families,

Mayor Anne Burt

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