COVID TASKFORCE UPDATE
NOVEMBER 13, 2020
How to holiday safely
It is the holidays and this is usually a time for us to gather and celebrate. But this year…we have COVID to contend with.
It may feel unusual wearing masks around guests, having a virtual celebration, or not sitting around a crowded dining room table, but these are necessary and important sacrifices.
Remember, this pandemic will not last forever. We will be able to celebrate together in the future. These are temporary sacrifices we are making to protect our community and the people we love.
*If you do not feel well, have a respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person holiday gatherings.
Avoid these high risk activities
- Traveling outside of the county to locations with higher COVID-19 rates than your county
- Attending or hosting large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household, including close friends and family
- Attending sporting events, parades, performances
- In-person shopping with crowds
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
moderate risk activities
- Having a small group outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in the same county while using everyday prevention measures including wearing masks and social distancing
- Taking your family to a local pumpkin patch or picking apples at a local apple orchard with social distancing
lower risk activities
- Having a small Thanksgiving dinner with only your household members
- Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
- Hosting a virtual dinner with your extended friends and family using video technology
- Playing virtual games with family and friends
- Watching sporting events, parades, movies, and holiday programs at home with your household members
- Shopping for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals online – follow your local retailers on social media to shop local
it’s all about those face coverings!
COVID-19 vaccine development
There has been some positive news lately on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. While this is not yet available, we are on the right track and anticipate distribution starting as early as December for some Idahoans. Learn more about how this vaccine is being made…
know what steps to take
The surge in COVID cases in Idaho and in Valley County mean that contact tracers are overloaded. This means that we all need to do our part. Knowing what steps to take after experiencing symptoms or having an exposure to a COVID-positive case can make all of the difference.
VALLEY COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS
TOTAL CASE COUNT
182 CONFIRMED + PROBABLE CASES | 1 COVID-19 DEATH