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Celebrate Thanksgiving safely in San Antonio

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This blog is updated every weekday. It includes the latest COVID-19 data from San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District, which is updated weekly on Wednesdays, as well as statewide reporting from The Texas Newsroom.

With Thanksgiving coming up and winter holidays around the corner, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District issued guidance to minimize COVID-19 transmission and risk.

The best way to minimize risk, Metro Health says, is to get vaccinated. Just about 70% of Bexar County’s eligible population are fully vaccinated. The city’s ongoing vaccination site at the Alamodome will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. The site will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will return to its regular operating hours next week.

If you or your family members are not yet vaccinated before the holidays, Metro Health has a few other safety tips:

  • Enjoy your holiday meal outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. 
  • If you are near people you don’t live with, wear a mask when you are not eating or drinking.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from people outside your household when possible.

If you are feeling sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, do not host or attend any gathering. Get tested, and do not host or attend a gathering until you have received your results.

Metro Health also recommends that everyone wear a mask in crowded, public indoor settings around people who may be unvaccinated — regardless of your own vaccination status.

For more information about whether to isolate, get tested and more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

There have been more than 326,000 coronavirus cases in the San Antonio area since March 2020. The 7-day average was 177 on Monday.

More than 5,000 community members have died. There were 161 people hospitalized with the virus locally on Monday.

Click here for more information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine in San Antonio (aquí para español).

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