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Posted on: November 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - November 25, 2020

For Immediate Release

11/25/2020                        

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

Guidance for Celebrating Thanksgiving

More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.  As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.  Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Attending or Hosting a Gathering

If you choose to attend a gathering, make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps if attending a Thanksgiving gathering:

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

If you are hosting a gathering in your home, be sure that your guests follow steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer including:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

Regardless of your plans, please remember to practice the 3Ws: Wear a mask, Wait 6 feet, and Wash hands.  We wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  

Download Celebrating Thanksgiving (PDF)

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

Download Media Release COVID-19 - November 25, 2020 (PDF)

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