Thank you from the Tri-County Medical Society (Barron, Washburn and Burnett counties). We thank all businesses, churches and various private and public organizations for their efforts to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Also, especially, our thanks go to each of our individual citizens who, in their own way, are unselfishly wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. We believe this extra effort and inconvenience has significantly contributed to the lack of spread of the virus in our area, both to themselves and others.

We have become aware of the World Health Organization-backed study that suggests that wearing face masks in public may reduce COVID-19 spread by as much as 85 percent. All the efforts displayed are certainly a reflection of our respect for ourselves and others and the continued practice will add to the pervasively positive results we have observed.

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