Stay Safe During the Holidays
As we come upon the end-of-year holidays, we find ourselves at a difficult point in the pandemic. Vaccination numbers continue to rise, and the recent authorization of vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 is encouraging. On the other hand, the highly contagious Delta variant is driving Minnesota’s COVID-19 case numbers to an alarmingly high level, our hospitals remain crowded, and there are still many of our fellow Minnesotans who do not have vaccine protection.
With that in mind, we are encouraging all Minnesotans to think carefully about their holiday plans. It’s important to connect with family and friends, and no one wants to miss out on another holiday season. At the same time no one wants to be the one who passes a potentially deadly virus along to loved ones. We can reduce the risk and still enjoy the season by following the guidance on CDC: Holiday Celebrations.
- Get vaccinated if you are eligible. It protects you AND it protects those around you – especially those under age 5 who cannot get the vaccine.
- Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated, and even if you are fully vaccinated if the community is experiencing substantial or high levels of COVID transmission. This is especially important if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
- Remember that outdoors is safer than indoors.
- Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
- If you are sick or have symptoms, do not host or attend a gathering.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19: Find Testing Locations in Minnesota.