COVID-19 & Holidays
URGENT - We Need Your Help This Holiday Season
At a time when we would typically gather with loved ones to celebrate the holidays, COVID-19 cases are spiking in Kent County. The extremely high infection rate is threatening the ability of our local health department and hospitals to provide services essential for the health of our community. We need your help to get things under control.
Here’s what you can do to help keep your family and friends healthy this holiday season:
- Avoid gathering in-person with people from outside your household
- If you do get together with family or friends from outside your household:
- Keep gatherings small – 10 people or fewer
- Wear a mask and distance when gathering indoors, even with a small group
- Wash hands frequently; keep hand sanitizer readily available and don’t share towels
- Designate one person to serve the food; that person should wear a mask and wash their hands before and after serving
- Bundle up and gather outdoors if possible; wear a mask if you can’t consistently keep 6 feet apart
Do not host or attend in-person holiday gatherings if you or anyone in your household:
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others
- Has symptoms of COVID-19
- Is waiting for COVID-19 test results
- May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
The risk of COVID-19 spreading at your holiday gathering increases as follows:
Gather in-person only with members of your own household. Celebrate “virtually” with extended family and friends using videoconferencing or a group phone call.
Smaller (under 10) outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county). Drop off a holiday meal at the home of your loved ones – designate a time and drop the meal at the front door; do a brief “driveway visit,” wear masks and stay 6 feet apart; wash your hands before and after delivery.
Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.
Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.
The CDC offers these general gathering guidelines:
- The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading
- The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
For more information and helpful tips, please visit these CDC web pages:
- Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings
- Celebrating Thanksgiving
- Considerations for Events and Gatherings
- Personal and Social Activities
- Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Know Your Travel Risk
- Coping with Stress