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Oct 27

Young and carefree with no joy for food

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 1:09 PM by Nicole Valentine

I’m extremely grateful that I only lost smell and taste when I got COVID-19, but I know people who had trouble breathing for weeks. We can also endanger our friends or family members when we are sick. For example, my father is diabetic, and I had to make a sacrifice to not see my family for nearly three months. My story is a warning for young people: You can still face long-term consequences and side effects even if you don’t get severely sick with COVID-19. Please be safe and be smart. Continue to wear your masks, wash your hands, and avoid hanging out in big groups.

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Oct 24

Breakdown of the Why’s, What’s, and How’s of the Amended Public Health Order

Posted on October 24, 2020 at 11:21 AM by Nicole Valentine

In the October 23, 2020 amended public health order (in effect on Saturday, October 24, 2020), Summit Public Health used a “scalpel”, rather than a “sledgehammer”, to enact specific, targeted, and strategic measures in order to best address the behaviors, which have been shown to increase the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Summit Public Health is doing this now so the State is not forced to impose more restrictive measures to address rising cases. We have been given an opportunity to change course, and this spring we showed that we could do it.

Below is a breakdown of the why’s, what’s, and how’s of these amended public health orders with lots of helpful links.

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Oct 14

Halloween Recommendations - Tips and Tricks to Celebrate Safely

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 9:59 AM by Nicole Valentine

Celebrating Halloween is a cherished fall tradition for many people. The individual risk from some Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating door-to-door, may seem lower, because people are outdoors and interactions may be short. But, when lots of people participate in lower-risk activities at the same time, it raises the potential for disease spread across the state.

It’s important to follow best practices to help prevent the virus from spreading. Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from people outside your household. Avoid crowds. Be mindful that using alcohol and drugs can cloud judgement and increase riskier behaviors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are ways to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the virus while having fun on Halloween.

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