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A PSA from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department regarding elevated COVID-19 spread, holiday celebrations

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.

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