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10.1.20 – Weekly Health Update

This week Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman discusses:
• COVID Cases Update
• Cold and Flu Season
• Halloween Safety

Welcome to our weekly health update.

Today we’ll provide a COVID status update, talk about cold and flu season and share safe Halloween tips.

Over the past week our case rate has come down to 8.5 which is better than it’s been in almost a month. It’s a sign that we’re doing better with wearing masks and that folks are getting tested if they’re in higher risk situations or if they’re having symptoms. Let’s keep this going. The more consistently we wear our masks, the lower we can get our case rate, the better we can reopen schools and businesses.

Cold and flu season is here. We’ll be seeing more sniffles, coughs and fevers this fall. If you have any cold, flu or COVID symptoms, make sure you get tested and stay home from school or work while you have symptoms. Also, now more than ever, it’s important to get your flu shot. You can get the flu shot by calling your healthcare provider, going to a pharmacy, or calling the Health Department.

And lastly, let’s talk about Halloween. It’s a fun holiday for many families. This year, with proper COVID safety measures, you can have a great time. Consider leaving candy out in goodie bags to avoid close contact. Or you can decorate your face masks with a Halloween theme. For group events, pumpkin carving is a great way to keep physical distance while having a great time. For more tips check out our website at

Remember, stay safe, be kind to yourself and others, and mask up. We’ll see you next week.

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