Celebrating Labor Day while staying safe from COVID-19

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 5:28 PM EDT
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The Labor Day weekend is here, and its a time when friends and family get together to celebrate the holiday.

But with COVID-19 still out there, how can we stay safe? 16 News Now has been staying on top of keeping healthy this holiday weekend.

People are sure to be out and about this weekend on the lakes, cooking out, and even having indoor parties.

Dr. Mark Fox with the St. Joseph County Health Department says being outdoors is best, and to avoid large gatherings indoors

One of his biggest concerns is people eating together, as people will obviously not have a mask on while eating and drinking. This will have an increased risk for droplet exposure.

Also people may let their guard down when around family and friends, and be more risky, being less likely to social distance.

Recently Dr. Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force called several spots in the Midwest emerging problem areas, and that includes Indiana and possibly Michigan.

16 News Now learned from Dr. Fox that the data from the White House Task Force team is not made available to local health departments.

“One of the unfortunate things coming out of the White House Coronavirus Task Force is they’re looking at all sorts of data that they don’t make public. When we rely on the center for public integrity to make that date public, that’s a real problem. So my understanding is they release stuff to governors, and I would hope it goes to Dr. Box. It does not come to the level of the local health departments so that’s really frustrating,” Dr Fox says.

Dr. Fox adds that you should stay home if you don’t feel well, continue to wear a mask to protect others and yourself, and continue to practice good hygiene to avoid contracting COVID-19.

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