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Reducing COVID-19 risk during the holidays

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Published November 19, 2021
Updated on December 16, 2021
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High levels of transmission of COVID-19 continue across Hennepin County, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker by County. High transmission is defined as 100 or more new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days. Bloomington’s case rate per 100,000 is currently 473, much higher than the baseline. Earlier this month, Bloomington reached a new peak for 2021 in case rates, surpassing the spring 2021 peak.

It is up to us to protect ourselves and others by following recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The more steps you take to slow the spread of COVID-19, the safer you will be.

What might that look like during the holiday season?

  • If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.
  • If you are eligible for a booster shot, make an appointment.
  • In areas of substantial or high transmission (this includes all of Minnesota), everyone should wear a mask in public, indoor settings. Make sure it is a high-quality mask, such as one with two or more layers and a nose wire to prevent leaks.
  • If gathering indoors, consider opening windows and doors when weather conditions allow, to increase outdoor air flow. Even a slightly open window can bring in beneficial outdoor air. Turn your HVAC fan setting to the “on” position for a couple of hours before, during and after the event to bring in fresh air. Running your bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans also helps.
  • As much as possible, try to avoid the “Three Cs”: Crowded places, Close contact, and Closed, confined spaces.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.
  • Read the full list of CDC guidelines at