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After the most recent spike in cases in Routt County, the Routt County Commissioners and the Department of Public Health issued a guidance today to urge residents and visitors to Routt County to limit their Thanksgiving plans to household members and not out of town guests, essentially, “Keep it small Routt County”.
“Routt County continues to see a surge of COVID-19 cases and increased hospitalizations. We echo Governor Polis’s request to cancel Thanksgiving gatherings of non-household members. There are many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with your household and keep our community safe. Remember the state public health order states gatherings are limited to two households, families and not more than ten people. But we ask that even if something is allowed, consider whether it is a good idea. Limiting to your own immediate family and keeping it small is the best course of action,” said Roberta Smith, Routt County Public Health Director.
Ideas for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved. If your children are coming home from college or other activities, please follow these travel recommendations.
Lower risk activities
Moderate risk activities
Higher risk activities
Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies, as outlined in the Considerations for Events and Gatherings. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk, so it is important to consider them individually and together:
People with or exposed to COVID-19 Do not host or participate in any in-person festivities if you or anyone in your household
People at increased risk for severe illness If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should
Traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Use information from the following webpages to decide whether to go on holiday travel:
If you decide to travel or host out of county guests, follow these safety measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
Get your flu vaccine
Gatherings can contribute to the spread of other infectious diseases. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. September and October are good times to get vaccinated. However, flu vaccines are still useful any time during the flu season and can often be accessed into January or later.
CDC’s guidance on celebrations and small gatherings