COVID-19

Northeast Georgia Health System recently released COVID-19 safety information ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

"Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together," leaders said. "Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved."

Lower risk activities

The following are described as lower-risk activities:

  •  Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  •  Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in-person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
  • Watching sports events, parades and movies from home

Moderate risk activities

The following are described as moderate-risk activities:

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
  • Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs: Outdoors is safer than indoors (or consider gathering in a garage with doors open or on a porch). Wear a face covering when around anyone who does not live in your home. Stay at least 6-feet from others and wash hands frequently.
  •  Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place

Higher risk activities

The following are described as higher-risk activities:

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household

"If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person festivities," leaders said. "When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or reduce the number of attendees."

Learn more holiday tips at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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