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Green River Health Department Asks Kentucky Residents Celebrate the Holidays Safely this Year

One family in Owensboro is strictly following those guidelines after losing a loved one to COVID just a few months ago

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 5:58 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2020 6:42 PM

After a difficult year for many, most all of us would love to get to see all of our family member over the holidays, but Kentucky's Green River Health Department says that’s not a good idea.

The green river health department suggesting for Western Kentucky residents to celebrate the holidays differently this year, asking families to stay home, limit travel, and limit the size of family gatherings to two households with less than eight people total.

And the Browns in Owensboro have decided to make that sacrifice after having a family member pass away of covid just a few months ago

“We’ve made a conscious choice not to have a get together for the holidays, even though since we lost my dad, this would be a perfect year to get together and share stories and that type of thing, but the thought of losing another loved one in my family to covid because of a family get together, we’re just not going to take the risk," said Cheryl Brown.

And the Brown family realizes this is a difficult sacrifice their family is having to make, but they’re going to try to make the holidays feel as normal as possible with the help of technology.

“We’ll give them a call," said Lindsey Brown. "We usually FaceTime with family."

"I’ve even done zoom calls and stuff with friends and had game nights and stuff, since we know we can’t be together and doing that kind of thing, but we usually FaceTime with family during the holidays," said Emily Brown.

The Green River Health Department reporting 200 new cases on Wednesday with 113 of those coming from Daviess County

The Brown family had a message to other Bluegrass families that are unsure about whether or not to attend large family gatherings during this holiday season.

“Think of this as temporary," said Cherly Brown. "I would rather not have a family get together this year and have that family with me next year to celebrate. Just think about the regret that you would have if you have a large family get together and that family getting sick and one person possibly losing their life to it.”

Daviess county reported six new deaths due to covid on Wednesday.

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