Slow the spread: Tips for safely celebrating this Thanksgiving

In the past week, Missouri has seen almost 25,000 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to almost 280,000, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.

With case numbers rapidly growing nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home and celebrating with those in your household as the safest way to spend Thanksgiving this year. This could mean sharing a virtual meal with those that don’t live with you, preparing dishes or care packages and delivering them to friends and family without contact or hosting a small outdoor meal with a limited number of guests.

The CDC highly recommends rethinking travel plans if you, someone in your household or someone you are visiting is at an increased risk for getting very sick from the virus.

For those that will travel regardless, the CDC says to avoid traveling by any method that might make social distancing difficult. Once at the celebration, be sure to wear a mask, wash hands and sanitize frequently and stay at least 6 feet away from those that don’t live with you.


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