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Celebrate Labor Day but keep working to contain COVID-19

 A summer unlike any other in generations is drawing to a close.

We struggled as COVID-19 cases rose.

As we look back, we see Fourth of July holiday fun was the start of difficult days ahead. We relaxed. We let down our guard a little. And two weeks later, new cases started to rise quickly.

But we responded. We started wearing masks more. We renewed our efforts to clean and maintain a safe six feet of distance and limit unnecessary trips.

Now we see signs of hope as new cases decline. All of Pierce County came together to take the steps necessary to limit the disease spread.

These small actions to protect ourselves and one another are labors of love. Now we find ourselves on the cusp of another holiday. Each of us must continue to do our part as Labor Day and winter approach.

  • More people are wearing masks.
  • We’re making fewer unnecessary trips out.
  • People are staying home when they are sick.
  • We are hand washing and sanitizing surfaces like never before.
  • People get tested when they experience symptoms and following our guidance if they need to isolate or quarantine.

All of your efforts are helping to bring COVID-19 cases down.

So, we have much to celebrate this long weekend.

The approach of flu season is not something we look forward to. But great news! All the steps we take to help limit the spread of COVID-19 also work well against the flu.

In our fight against the flu, our defenses will get a literal shot in the arm. As fall approaches, plan to get your flu vaccination, which is more important than ever with the looming threat of COVID-19. We don’t want people with seasonal flu or COVID-19 to fill up our hospitals.

So as you celebrate this weekend, please continue to do so safely. Watch our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for our new Labors of Love campaign. It offers tips for how to safely celebrate the season. Do it differently this year. Skip the parties and do something for your neighbors, your community or yourself.

Put in some work for a safer celebration.

The quickest way to drive COVID-19 case numbers back up is to let down our guard. Keep up these efforts to drive down our disease rates:

One fun night can become a weeks-long nightmare.

COVID-19 still is in all corners of Pierce County. Many patients report recovery can take months.

Our contact tracers spend every day talking to people who are positive with COVID-19 or exposed to a positive case. Sometimes it’s one or two people in a business. Other times it’s 30 or 50 people at a party.

Recently, Pierce County had two childcare centers close for two weeks because of COVID-19 infections.

Anyone you meet could spread the disease and not know it.

You don’t want to be the reason your friends or family get sick. You don’t want your workplace shutting down because you got sick.

Keep up the good work.

You don’t have to sit on the couch by yourself on Labor Day. Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start plan allows you to choose five friends or nonhousehold members you would like to see regularly. Plan to celebrate with that group.

We will get through this stronger together. Let’s continue this labor of love to bring down COVID-19 cases even further. Subscribe to this blog and check tpchd.org/coronavirus for the latest information on COVID-19 in Pierce County.

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