HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — With the holiday season coming to a close, health experts are pleading with the public to not let their guard down in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Laura Lee Wight, acting population health community coordinator with the Central Shenandoah Health District, said we can expect to see the effects of the holidays on COVID-19 cases in the first weeks of January. This is based on the University of Virginia Covid-19 model on the Virginia Department of Health website.
Wight said hospitalizations will likely rise shortly after that, and unfortunately, the number of deaths per day from COVID-19 will most likely be higher than they are today by the end of January.
Wight said this is not the time to get comfortable as there is high community transmission of COVID-19 throughout the region, commonwealth, and nation.
“We’re experiencing higher levels of COVID-19 transmission in our community than we did back in March and than we did back in the summer surge, so now is the time to take action,” Wight said.
Wight said after visiting a household that is not your own for the holidays, even if you feel fine you need to limit exposure and wear a mask at all times, especially if you are going in to work.
And if you were exposed to COVID-19 at a holiday gathering, you must quarantine for 14 days.
Wight says the vaccine is a light at the end of the tunnel, but we need to come together as a community to get through the pandemic.