Health dept: Precautions needed for the holidays

By Herald Staff

The Dubois County Health Department is reminding residents to continue following COVID-19 precautions over the holidays.

"We have made every effort to keep our restaurants and businesses open, however, our county continues to remain in the red putting us in a very serious position," states a press release from the department. "We need cooperation now more than ever, especially with the Holiday season quickly approaching."

According to the release, a "significant" percentage of the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the county can be traced back to Thanksgiving parties and gatherings.

"We understand family and social interaction is so important for our physical and mental well-being, but there are certain precautions that need to be followed to make it as safe as possible," states the release. "The hospitals, the health care system, businesses and our own residents cannot afford another surge!"

The health department urges the following practices:

• Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend postponing travel at this time.

• Keep social gatherings to an absolute minimum, preferably with those individuals who are already within your social bubble (household contacts). No social gathering shall exceed 25 individuals.

• Wear a mask over your mouth and nose and stay at least 6 feet away from others when you are with individuals outside your social bubble.

• Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces. Indoor gatherings, especially those with poor ventilation, pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Consider limiting your time together as well.

• Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Consider hosting virtual celebrations with family and friends. There are many creative options available to keep in touch without risking spread.

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