Last updated: December 29, 2021
Tips to Keep Residents Safe
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman are reminding residents to keep their guard up when it comes to protecting themselves against COVID-19. With surging COVID rates, County officials are encouraging residents to proceed with extreme caution, especially as we enter the holiday season and winter months.
The County is offering the following tips for a safe holiday season. Advice is consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
“We’re Anne Arundel and we’re all in this together. The holidays are a time when we all want to get together to show gratitude for what we have and for each other,” said County Executive Pittman. “The best way to show our gratitude is to get vaccinated and observe best public health practices. The best thing that we can do for those we love is to find ways to be together, while staying apart. We don’t want to invite COVID home for the holidays.”
“This year there’s a lot to be thankful for,” said County Health Officer Dr. Kalyanaraman. “We’re rediscovering our old rhythms while incorporating new elements. Getting vaccinated, testing if people have symptoms or exposures, masking in public settings and good ventilation all make for a safer holiday. Holiday gatherings are happening and they will be safer because we know and are implementing what works.”
“The COVID vaccine is a key part of our COVID mitigation efforts,” said County Health Officer Dr. Kalyanaraman. In agreement, County Executive Pittman said, “Getting us all vaccinated is the only way we can end this pandemic. Please, get vaccinated now at aacounty.org/covidvax.”