Wayne County Health Department extends COVID-19 public health advisory to Jan. 4

DGKN staff report

WOOSTER   The Wayne County Health Department is extending a Public Health Advisory to Jan. 4.

The health advisory was issued Nov. 23 and was set to expire Dec. 21, according to a news release from Health Commissioner Nick Cascarelli. The advisory has now been extended until Jan. 4 to all residents to protect themselves and others from COVID‐19.

As a reminder, the six strategies include recommending people stay home, adhere to the current orders, guidance for meetings (indoor and outdoor), recommending having no guests in your home, guidance if you are sick or have potentially been exposed and guidance for employers and schools.

“We are issuing this guidance because our cases are continuing to stay high and we really are urging people to rethink their holiday plans if it includes spending time with people not living in your household. If residents need to go out, we are advising them to be very thoughtful in their movements. While the vaccines are coming, we are few months out yet from everyone having the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Cascarelli states in the release.

It is important to note these are not orders and there is no punishment associated with not following them, the release states. They are tools we can all use to stop the spread. Wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowded places, frequent handwashing and being familiar with symptoms, are the best tools to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread of the virus.

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