Staying Safe This Holiday Season

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This holiday season, I want to take a moment to thank our essential workers; the nurses, doctors, grocery clerks, custodians, and teachers – along with parents, caregivers – and anyone, who has stepped up to be a lifeline for hope, nourishment and protection, during a year like no other.

 

Thank you for your unyielding service and commitment to our communities.

 

The holidays makes us all want to connect with our loved ones. Especially after all we’ve been through this year. However, if we downplay the seriousness of this pandemic or breakaway from following the safety guidelines of medical experts – we will risk the lives of the very people we care about most – and will only add to the surge in positive COVID-19 tests and deaths that LA County is already facing.

 

Our actions during this holiday season will determine our collective future. So please join me in continuing to follow these key steps for our shared safety:

  • Stay home this holiday with the family members in your household.
  • Wear your mask every time you go out
  • Continue to socially distance when you must go out by staying 6 ft a part
  • Continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Only go to the emergency room if you are experiencing a medical emergency

 

The COVID-19 vaccine provides a bright spot in what has been an unimaginable year, but it does not remove the daily steps we must take to protect ourselves and each other.

 

This year has shown us how interconnected our lives truly are and the power of our individual actions. In the fight to end this health pandemic, we are still the most important deciding factor for protecting the health of our loved ones and communities.

 

Let us remain diligent about being safe, hopeful and a light for one another during this holiday season and in the days ahead.

 

Sincerely,

Holly J. Mitchell

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