Allegany County Department of Health asks residents to limit Thanksgiving travel and gatherings

Posted at 11:54 AM, Nov 11, 2020

ALLEGANY COUNTY (WKBW) — The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) is asking county residents to limit Thanksgiving travel and gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

ACDOH is asking residents to consider having small dinners with only people who live in the household.

Below are some low risk COVID-19 activities that ACDOH says you may want to consider to help stop the spread:

  • Ask relatives, family, friends, and neighbors not to travel this Thanksgiving.
  • Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
    • Call them from their driveway and then leave the food on their porch. Ask them to wait for you to leave the porch before they open the door. You can wave and talk from a distance.
  • For those that love to cook, drop off a holiday food basket filled with family favorite recipes and the ingredients to make them.
  • Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and family so everyone can enjoy their favorites.
  • Send pictures of your holiday meal by email, text, or post on social media.
  • Shopping online rather than in person on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, or the next Monday.
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home.
  • Have a family game day.
  • Have your college student get a COVID-19 test before they return home.
  • Always remember when shopping for food for your holiday meal, to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth, keep a social distance of six feet, use hand sanitizer, and try to shop when the stores are not as busy.

ACDOH is offering free drive-thru rapid testing to county residents but you must pre-register to be tested. Find more information on the testing here.

If you have any questions you can contact the ACDOH at (585) 268-9250.