This week Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman discusses:
- COVID-19 status update
- Restaurant safety tips
Welcome to our weekly health update. Today we’ll provide a COVID status update and share some tips on being safer when going to a restaurant.
Over the past week our case rate has continued to increase. We saw a bump this week on top of our continuous rise and our case rate is now at 11 and a half. We’re also keeping an eye on our hospitalizations which have gone up in the past few weeks. And this week, we saw the highest two week count of deaths, 12, since late June. Now more than ever it’s important to remember the basics: wear a mask, keep your distance, and avoid unnecessary activities. It’s also a good time to get a flu shot. You have the power to stop the spread.
Our Health Tip of The Week
Take precautions when you go to a restaurant. Looking through our contact tracing data for people who are positive, after work, the likeliest place they’ve been in the past 14 days, is a restaurant. Going to a restaurant is a higher risk activity. Even when you’re doing everything right, you can’t wear a mask while you’re eating and drinking. You’re also sitting close to other people at your table, and they’re often outside your bubble.
There are a few steps you can take to reduce your risk:
- Limit other activities in the week before and after going to a restaurant
- Get tested 3-5 days before you go
- And switch to takeout or delivery so you can better control your environment
Remember, stay safe, be kind to yourself and others, and mask up. We’ll see you next week.