COVID-19 guidelines for Thanksgiving this year

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama health officials are warning people to take safety precautions this Thanksgiving to ensure COVID-19 is not served at your dinner table.

While Alabama has seen low positivity rates in the recent months, large gatherings like Thanksgiving could be just the thing to jumpstart a COVID surge.

“Even though our numbers are lower, the variants we still see are still dominated by the Delta variant and we know that the virus is unpredictable,” Administrator of Southeastern Public Health District, Corey Kirkland said. “So now at least we’ve gotten our head above water it seems for a while. Definitely keep our precautions in mind.”

The Houston County Health Department recommends you hold all Thanksgiving festivities outside, communicate with those who plan to attend, especially those who are immune compromised, and to get your vaccine before the gathering.

Vaccine’s are still our best way to fight the virus,” Kirkland said. “Getting your vaccine, completing your two dose series. Getting your booster shot as well. Now we have kids who are eligible to get those vaccines too that will help to protect.”

While there are some parts of the state that remain at high risk, most counties, including those in the Wiregrass, have a moderate positivity rate, which is a good sign going into the holidays.

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