Yesterday brought w/it sobering pandemic news: A record number of #COVID cases. A record number of hospitalizations. And almost 2,000 lives lost. It’s especially disheartening when you consider this is all coming *before* people congregate to celebrate the holiday season. Thread— Image
In light of this news I wanted to take a moment to share w/you the most up-to-date moves by our state and county to limit the spread of the virus here at home — as well as tips from @CAPublicHealth @CoCoHealth & @Dare2BWell for how we can all celebrate the holiday season safely. Image
First and foremost, our county health officers are always reminding us that the most simple—most effective—way that we can prevent the spread is to always wear face coverings when going out. If we all did just that, we’d make incredible progress combating this pandemic.

If only. Image
To further prevent the spread in CA & the Bay Area many restrictions have been put back in place—effective yesterday.

Most notably for the holiday season: Gatherings of multiple households must take place outdoors, be limited to no more than 3 households, & not exceed 25 people.
The fact that this surge is occurring before families gather for Thanksgiving & the holiday season means we are going into a very dangerous period in this pandemic. But we can all still keep our communities safe if we celebrate safely: outdoors, small, short, & in stable groups. Image
But the safest way to celebrate this holiday season? Virtually. Image
Lastly, I know none of this ideal, but if we all do our part, we can still make this holiday season one we can all enjoy — while keeping our friends, family and communities healthy and safe. Image

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