As 2nd Wave Slows Down; NMPH Encourages Smaller Groups for Christmas Gatherings

As 2nd Wave Slows Down; NMPH Encourages Smaller Groups for Christmas Gatherings

December 17, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (12/17/20)

Ada, MN — While restrictions remain tight, new COVID-19 cases continue to drop both across the state and locally. Even area schools are reporting fewer close contacts and quarantine requirements for students and staff. However, COVID related deaths remain high. Sarah Kjono of Norman-Mahnomen Public says while they were anticipating the higher death totals from the aftermath of the second surge in November, they didn’t expect new positive cases to drop like they did after the Thanksgiving holiday.

We’re now just a week away from the Christmas holiday and while Governor Walz has lightly loosened his restrictions on social gatherings, many families are still debating on whether or not it is safe to do so. Kjono still recommends keeping your gatherings small and spacing out as much as you can.

Governor Walz announced on Wednesday that while indoor gatherings are not recommended, Minnesotans may gather with one other household up to 10 people. If outside, social gatherings may include up to two additional households with a maximum of 15 people.