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Doctors Remind People to Mask Up ahead of Labor Day Weekend

Health officials are urging people to avoid mass gatherings ahead of Labor Day weekend. The warning comes as we see new COVID-19 cases climb throughout the Tri-State.

Posted: Sep 3, 2021 5:45 PM

Health officials are urging people to avoid mass gatherings ahead of Labor Day weekend. The warning comes as we see new COVID-19 cases climb throughout the Tri-State.

It’s one of the busiest travel holidays. But this weekend, the CDC is recommending that you stay home unless you take proper precautions.

Some of the biggest tips health officials are giving include getting tested for COVID-19 before and after your Labor Day plans.

They also recommend self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

With holiday get-togethers, typically comes spikes in infections and hospitalizations.

Dr. Heidi Dunniway, Regional Chief Medical Officer at Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville told 44News, “Before the 4th of July, we were seeing numbers drop dramatically. I think a lot of us let down our guard a bit. The CDC said if you were vaccinated, you didn't need to mask. I think that all just kind of led to people traveling more and interacting more in groups. We absolutely saw a spike in cases starting after that and it's continued to climb since then. It's even more critical now that we avoid those interactions and really protect everyone.”

Doctors say to avoid large crowds and mask up around anyone that isn't your immediate family.

These recommendations were directed at people, vaccinated or not.

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