The best gift you can give someone this holiday season is your dedication to keeping them (and you!) healthy for many holidays to come.
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.
Protect yourself, your family and friends
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for all of us, and it's easy to look forward to gatherings during the holidays as an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. But this holiday season, we all need to consider how our holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep everyone 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 these tips to slow the spread of COVID-19 during small gatherings:
Quick Guide to Safe, Healthy Holidays (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.
Guide to Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings | Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Reducing Coronavirus Risk as We Spend More Time Indoors | Public Health – Seattle & King County
Give Thanks Not COVID! | Snohomish County Health District
Rate of COVID-19 transmission
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Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you or a loved one are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, find an EvergreenHealth Urgent Care location near you and save your spot in line.
You can also 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.