During the past week, 141 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases tested positive, according to numbers from the Montgomery County Health Department.
The 141 new cases resulted in an 8.5 percent positivity rate for the week of Dec. 13-19 and heading into the holiday weeks.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season, the health department suggests considering alternate winter holiday activities such as hosting a virtual celebration with friends and family who don’t live with you, gathering virtually for a gift exchange or activity, driving or walking around the community to look at decorations from a safe distance or drive through a local holiday light display, building gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, or make holiday crafts and decorations, or sending holiday crafts, cards, cookies, or food to family, friends, and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others, such as leaving them at the door.
Those who do choose to gather should wear a mask and make sure it is over the nose and mouth, have extra unused masks available for guests, stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you, wash your hands often, have the gathering outdoors if possible or open windows if indoors, limit the number of guests, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
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