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Holiday Health and Safety Reminders for Students, Families & Staff

Happy Holidays!

The holiday break is quickly approaching, and with that break will come many opportunities to spend time with family and friends. That will also bring an increase in opportunities for the spread of infection,  particularly COVID-19.

So, to keep your holiday break as happy and healthy as possible, here is a quick recap based on CDC recommendations and guidelines of COVID-19 prevention techniques, symptoms of which to be mindful, and a testing option if you or others do experience the symptoms listed.

Prevention:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep a safe distance between yourself and others (CDC recommends at least 6 feet when possible).
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly and as needed, especially when having visitors inside your home.
  • Wear a mask indoors with large crowds and/or in poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Get vaccinated and/or get a booster.
  • Monitor for symptoms daily (see below).

Symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat

People with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms. To help prevent the spread of the virus, we encourage you to get tested if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Testing:

The Wicomico County Health Department offers free walk-up COVID-19 testing. For the month of December, the testing will be on Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. You can also call 410-341-4600 to make an appointment, but appointments are not required and walk-ups are welcome. If this testing location/time is not convenient for you and your family, local urgent care centers and primary care physician’s offices also offer testing. Call or check their websites for availability/appointments.

Be smart, stay safe, and have the happiest holiday season!