Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)
Thanksgiving and COVID-19
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and with COVID-19 increasing in most parts of the country, millions of Americans will break with tradition this year to celebrate in ways that we hope will keep us all safe and healthy. This may create some emotional and logistical challenges, but we have all risen to challenges before and by celebrating safely we can enjoy our holidays and start the new year in good health.
Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer
To protect yourself, your colleagues and loved ones, please follow these 3 W’s:
- Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Watch your distance. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) away from people who are not part of your immediate household. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Keep hand sanitizer and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
Attending a Gathering at Work
The best way to keep everyone safe is to hold a virtual event where you can be physically distant while eating. However, if you are going to have an in-person gathering:
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
- Have a small outdoor meal, weather permitting.
- If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows or place central air and heating on continuous circulation. Read more about ventilation here.
- Follow VA policy to wear masks and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
- Don’t remove your mask to eat, until you are 6 feet apart.
- Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
- Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets and disposable items like food containers, plates and utensils.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
- If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.