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The holiday season is a wonderful time to express gratitude for your family, friends, good fortune and this year—perhaps most of all, we hope for your health and the health of the ones you love. We are infinitely grateful for everyone in our community who continues to social distance, wear your mask, avoid gatherings and stay home as much as possible in light of COVID-19. Your collective dedication to keeping yourselves, your families and one another safe had made a significant impact on decreasing the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

As we all embrace the holiday season, our hope and wish is that your commitment to protecting your health and the health of others prevails. This season is traditionally a time for gathering and this year, we ask you spread good cheer virtually, and invite you to create new traditions that support social distancing and help keep our families and communities safe.

The best gift you can give someone this holiday season, is your dedication to keeping them (and you!) healthy for many holidays to come.

Thank you for protecting the health of your loved ones— we wish you health and happiness, always.

Learn how you can help protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors this holiday season:

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic in our region and around the country is worsening, and small household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Consider the following to slow the spread of COVID-19 during small gatherings.

Quick Guide to Safe, Healthy Holidays (download a prinatable PDF)

It’s difficult to stay away from loved ones, particularly during the holiday season, but it is very important to help protect the health and wellness of those you love. Virtual gatherings are the best alternative—allowing you to safely spend time together, and celebrate.

We invite you and your friends and family to get creative and maybe even start new traditions! If you are around others outside of your household, the safest way to gather is to quarantine for two-weeks prior AND continue to:

  • Wear masks. Snug, well-fitting cloth face masks should be worn indoors when others are present regardless of the distance between people.
  • Do what you can to improve ventilation in indoor spaces, including opening windows when possible. More fresh air means lower risk.
  • Limit the number of people you’re with and length of time you’re with them indoors. Stay as far apart as possible. The safest thing to do is to wear a mask and stay 6 feet or more apart from others.
  • And of course, washing hands frequently and cleaning surfaces often is always important.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): Guide to Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings 

Public Health – Seattle & King County: Reducing Coronavirus Risk as We Spend More Time Indoors for Fall and Winter 

Snohomish County Health District: Give Thanks Not COVID! 

To learn more about the current rate of COVID-19 transmission in King and Snohomish Counties, visit the following:

If you or a loved one are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/urgent-care to find an urgent care location near you and save your spot in line. We also invite you to call our free 24/7 Nurse Healthline for questions about your symptoms, and to be connected to the right level of care. Call 425.899.3000.