Grand Forks Health Officer encourages community members to take caution if traveling or attending a gathering during the upcoming holiday weekend

Posted by Tracy Jentz on 9/4/2020 8:20:00 AM

NEWS RELEASE     |    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     |     September 4, 2020 

Grand Forks Health Officer encourages community members to take caution if traveling or attending a gathering during the upcoming holiday weekend

GRAND FORKS, ND - Grand Forks County Health Officer, Joel Walz, MD, encourages Grand Forks community members to take responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Yesterday, Governor Doug Burgum announced that Grand Forks County will move from low risk (green) to moderate risk (yellow) under the ND Smart Restart color-coded health guidance. “Moving to a heightened risk as well as the increase of COVID-19 cases is of concern. It is necessary to prevent further spread by taking the simple measures to protect ourselves from contracting the disease. These efforts are especially critical with the upcoming holiday weekend.”

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. With the increase of COVID-19 cases you may want to reconsider travel plans to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to other communities. Being infected with COVID-19 during travel poses a potential risk of bringing it back to your community as well. You may feel well and still spread COVID-19 to other people including your family, friends and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. If you do travel, take the simple steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19: wear a mask when in public settings, stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household, frequently wash your hands, avoid contact with anyone who is sick and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Upon returning to the community, remember you may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. Continue to take steps to protect yourself and others, along with monitoring your health and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

It is recommended to avoid hosting or attending a gathering or cook-out. If you do choose to host or attend a gathering, take precautions: remind guests if they do not feel well to stay home, encourage social distancing, encourage guests to stay outdoors, wear a mask when less than 6 feet apart from people or when indoors, frequently clean hands, limit the number of people handling or serving food, and limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items.

For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday or Grand Forks Public Health at 701-787-8100, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the NDDoH website.

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For more information, contact: Grand Forks Public Health

Phone: 701-787-8100  |  Email: GFHealth@grandforksgov.com