Health officials concerned by Thanksgiving gatherings |

Health officials concerned by Thanksgiving gatherings

Staff Reports

Health officials are concerned that small Thanksgiving gatherings could increase the number of coronavirus cases.

“Small gatherings of friends and family have attributed to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the Quad-County Region,” according to Carson City Health and Human Services. “Avoiding gatherings protects you, your family, your friends, and your community. This is especially important for those who are more at risk for complications of COVID-19 such as those older than 65 years and those with underlying health conditions.”

The public health agency is encouraging Douglas, Carson, Lyon and Storey residents to avoid attending gatherings with people outside of their household.

“While the holidays are a time when families and other come together, in-person gatherings that bring friends and family from different households together increase the risk of COVID-19 spread,” officials said. “Protect your loved ones by gathering with members of your household and connecting with friends and family outside of your home in a non-contact setting, such as through video chat or phone.”

Residents who do plan to attend Thanksgiving with people outside their immediate household are urged to wear their mask, maintain social distancing, and wash their hands.

It’s suggested that gatherings remain small and use single-use utensils with one person serving food.

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected frequently, guests should bring their own food and beverages and hosts should communicate expectations ahead of time.