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11.19.20 – Weekly Health Update

This week Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman discusses:

  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • The Fall COVID Wave

Welcome to our weekly health update. First of all let’s celebrate the good news. At least two vaccines are testing well and will be available in the coming months. Our community has worked very hard to follow COVID guidelines. Through your efforts we minimized the first wave and managed to open up a little for a happier summer. Now we have a new challenge:

The Fall wave we predicted is here and our case rate is rapidly increasing, from 20 last week to 28 today. Hospitalizations continue to rise in our county and state. Illness and death continue to rise. I’m asking all of you to pull together one more time to help us fight this rapid spread. The next few months will be difficult, especially because of the holidays, but we’re a strong community and we’ve proved we can win this battle. With new vaccines coming out and expanded rapid testing, we’ll have more options to keep people safe in 2021. But we all have to get there first.

Now more than ever, everyone has to do this one thing: wear a mask. It’s the BEST tool we have to stop the spread when you’re with others outside your household. If you’re seeing family you don’t normally see, don’t let your guard down. Show your love by wearing a mask. And of course:

  • Watch your distance.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Limit your activity.
  • And if you have cold, flu, or COVID symptoms, don’t ignore them, get tested and quarantine until you get your results.

As we head into Thanksgiving, make a sacrifice for all of us and celebrate with just your household.

Celebrating with others outside your household is a high risk activity. If you choose to do so, the following steps will help lower the risk of spread:

  • Limit all activity the week prior.
  • Get tested a few days before the gathering.
  • Don’t go if you’re positive.
  • Take all safety precautions during the gathering.
  • Limit activity the week after.

We’re all in this together. Help me keep you and your family safe.

Remember, be kind to yourself and others, and mask up. We will see you next week.

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