As multiple major holidays approach, City of Houston officials are urging continued caution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A news release from the city encouraged residents to limit gatherings to members of their own household during the upcoming holiday season. If residents attend a large holiday gathering for Thanksgiving, Christmas or another holiday, the city suggested quarantining from non-household members for at least 14 days before and after the event.
Also among suggestions from the city are video calls with family members and friends from other households, while residents are also advised to avoid high-traffic areas such as crowded shopping malls.
“While there isn’t a way to completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we can significantly reduce it,” Dr. David Persse, chief medical officer for the Houston Health Department, said in the news release.
As of Tuesday, a total of 167,956 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Houston and Harris County residents. At least 2,309 people have died from the contagious disease, while 136,488 patients have recovered, according to the county. There have been at least 87,600 COVID-19 cases among Houston residents.
“I encourage everyone to make a few more sacrifices to keep our families and friends safe from the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.