QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – Many Americans are still traveling this Labor Day weekend despite the surge in COVID-19 cases. Friday the TSA registered over 2 million people passing through security checkpoints.
With many planning to celebrate the long weekend with family and friends, health experts are setting guidelines for Labor Day.
During a White House press briefing on August 31, CDC director Rochelle Walensky urged Americans to take precautions.
“First and foremost, if you are not vaccinated, we recommend that you do not travel,” Walensky said.
Augustana epidemiologist Rebecca Heick said travelers should seriously think about how to celebrate safely.
“This is really the time to stop and think about where we gather, who we meet with and what precautions to take to ensure that everyone passes through this gathering safely and in good order. health once it is over. There may be young children in the groups that you will be meeting with who are back in school and who are not old enough to be immunized. Immunocompromised individuals. Older family members, ”Heick says.
If you’re gathering for Labor Day, Heick recommends celebrating outside and taking extra precautions if distance isn’t an option.
“If you really feel like you have to get together indoors this weekend, seriously consider asking everyone to be masked while they’re inside together just to make sure when you bring in more households, you don’t bring an increased risk of infection, ”Heick explains. .
As thousands travel this weekend, health officials are urging vaccinations to avoid another holiday peak.
“I know we all want to get back to normal. Normal school, normal Friday night outings, normal vacation, just normal. Vaccination is our way of doing things, ”says Janet Hill of the Rock Island County Department of Health.
As of Friday, September 3, the Illinois Department of Public Health was reporting more than 30,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days. Iowa reported 7,500 new cases last week.
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