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Posted on: November 21, 2020

Media Release COVID-19 - November 21, 2020

For Immediate Release

11/21/2020                        

Phone: 980-432-1800
Website: www.rowancountync.gov/covid-19
Email: covid-19@rowancountync.gov

Rowan County Case Information: https://bit.ly/rowan-covid19-hub


Trying to Have a COVID-safe Thanksgiving? Here’s your Checklist Before the Holidays


New daily COVID-19 cases nationwide are at an all-time high. North Carolina set a new record for daily cases this past Wednesday, reporting 3,119 new infections.

In light of the surge in cases in North Carolina and around the country, public health officials are highly urging people to limit travel and indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving. This year, it’s safer not to have large meals with people who aren’t in your immediate household.

But if you are planning to gather with family for the holiday, and trying to do so in a lower-risk way, here are some answers to common questions.

WHAT MAKES A HOLIDAY GATHERING SAFE OR RISKY?

Gathering indoors for extended periods of time has consistently proven to be the most common avenue for viral transmission of COVID-19. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and other health officials advise hosting gatherings outdoors when possible, keeping the guest list to no more than 10 people, as well as wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and washing your hands. Also, guests who are more at risk for getting COVID-19 should consider attending gatherings virtually and not in person.

SHOULD I GET TESTED BEFORE SEEING FAMILY? IS THAT ENOUGH?

  1. If you’re planning on traveling or gathering with family, the state recommends getting a test three to four days ahead of time, said Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. It is very important to realize that tests can miss some infections, and a negative test only gives information for that point in time, Cohen adds.
  3. “Even if you have a negative test it’s not a free pass,” Cohen shared.
  4. Even if all family members test negative, people should still take other precautions to make gatherings low risk.
  5. While testing turnaround time is about two days, make sure to plan ahead to get a test.  

HOW ELSE SHOULD I PREPARE FOR GATHERING WITH FAMILY?

  1. Remind guests to stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days. All guests should screen for symptoms the day before the event and stay home if they’re not feeling well.

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR HOSTING VISITORS?

  1. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces like door handles, sink handles and bathroom surfaces before guests arrive and during the event. If you can’t have your gathering outside, make sure the room is well ventilated by opening windows and doors.
  2. Arrange tables and chairs to allow people from different households to be 6 feet apart. Limit the number of people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared. Even better, only allow one person to serve everyone. That way you are reducing of transmission by  everyone touching common items such as serving spoons, salad dressing bottles, etc.

HOW CAN I TALK ABOUT COVID-19 SAFETY WITH FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MIGHT BE LESS CONCERNED?

Crystal Schiller, professor of psychiatry at UNC School of Medicine, suggests a four-step approach to talking about COVID-19 safety with family members.

  1. Identify the surge in COVID-19 cases across the state.
  2. Tell your family how you’re feeling about it and any fears you may have.
  3. Make a specific request, whether that’s that you don’t meet in person this year, that you limit the number of people attending, or that you gather outdoors and at a distance of at least 6 feet. 
  4. Reinforce your position so that everyone knows where you stand.

IN SUMMARY IF YOU CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING:

Do it in a safe way by practicing the 3Ws and requiring everyone to wear their mask at all times, keep your gathering and group to no more then 10 people, host  your celebration outside, and consider getting tested no later than Monday, November 23, 2020.


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Contact:
Amy Smith
704-216-8859
amy.smith@rowancountync.gov

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