The pandemic has been impacting our lives for nearly 9 months, and the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in the state of Colorado.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis shared an infographic on his Instagram account on Nov. 22 that says one in 49 Coloradans are infected with COVID-19. “In the last week, we’ve gone from one out of every 110 Coloradans being infected to one out of every 49 Coloradans being infected with COVID-19. Not just in Denver, not just in Adams County — this is statewide,” the post reads.
Cases are rising in the state as Americans prepare for a time where they typically gather with their families and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. But just like everything else this year, the holiday is going to look different.
On Nov. 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released guidelines for ensuring that Coloradans stay safe during Thanksgiving. In a release, the health department advised Coloradans to only interact in-person with people from their household on Thanksgiving to help slow the spread of COVID-19. CDPHE said this holiday season is a chance to come up with creative ways to celebrate Thanksgiving while making sure everyone stays healthy.
The health department provided the following list of what and what not to do for Thanksgiving celebrations.
Cook and eat a meal with members of your immediate household.
Video chat or talk on the phone with friends and family outside of your household.
Wear a mask and stay six feet away from people while shopping for groceries.
Do not travel to visit family and friends outside of your household.
Through a partnership led by Prof. Joshua Weitz and Prof. Clio Andris at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the online COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool was launched at covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu. The page displays an interactive map that shows what the risk is of contracting COVID-19, based on gathering size and county.
The risk of getting the virus in Pueblo is at 52 percent based on a gathering of 10 people while in Adams County, the risk is 42 percent based on a similar gathering size.
Hospitals throughout the country are reaching capacity while the United States recently hit 12 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
“As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a Nov. 19 advisory. “Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.”
For more information about the Coronavirus and Thanksgiving, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.