#TELLUS: How Are You Celebrating Christmas in the Time of COVID-19?

#TELLUS: How Are You Celebrating Christmas in the Time of COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued some recommendations for celebrating Christmas this year in the time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, which include limiting gatherings to immediate household members.

Will you be adjusting your Christmas plans in accordance to CDC and local health official recommendations? Tell us in the short survey below.

“People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different household,” the CDC said. “In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.”

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The CDC recommends people consider COVID-19 levels in the communities they are planning to travel to, limit gatherings as much as possible, practice social distancing and mask use, and try to ensure guests at gatherings have not been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon has previously advised against traveling this holiday season, extending all the way from Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

“Getting everyone together is a huge part of the holidays, but it’s just not conductive to decreasing spread,” Dr. Stachon told SweetwaterNOW in November. “I’m not asking anyone to do anything I’m not doing myself.”

Wyoming has seen a recent decline in COVID-19 cases, but Wyoming State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said the state needs to see a sustained decline. There were 10,482 active cases on Monday, November 23, the week of Thanksgiving, and there are 2,136 cases as of today, Friday, December 18.

So #TELLUS, will you be traveling this Christmas? Or will you be following CDC and local health official recommendations and spending the holiday at home with your immediate household? Keep an eye out for the poll results next week.

Have a merry, and safe, Christmas!