Editor’s note: The following press release about the uptick in COVID-19 cases and holiday gatherings was issued Friday, Nov. 20 by the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department.
BUCKHANNON — COVID-19 cases are increasing nationwide and this brings increased risk of infection this holiday season. The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department strongly advises Upshur County residents to strictly follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and practices:
- Wear face coverings indoors.
- Physical distance as much as possible — stay 6 feet apart.
- Have gatherings outside with family and friends who live in your community.
- Limit the number of guests.
- Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
- Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
However, if you do travel:
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Get your flu shot before you travel.
- Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose and mouth.
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department advises residents to avoid any situation, social event, gathering, etc., that is COVID-unsafe or does not follow COVID-19 guidelines and safety practices.
For more information on COVID-19 and how to protect you and your family this holiday season, please visit www.cdc.gov.