image of family wearing masks and celebrating Christmas

Health And Safety Checklist for A COVID-19 Christmas

COVID-19 has put a pause, or at least an intermission to yet another holiday. 

We are now paying the price for our Thanksgiving gatherings and travel as evidenced by the huge spike in COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 is very much still prevalent throughout the states and across the world, and cases, hospitalization rates and deaths continue to rise around the U.S.

We do NOT want a repeat of this from December holiday celebrations. Connecticut is still in Phase 2.1 for a reason, and as the winter holidays approach, we have to limit our celebrations with hopes of leaving COVID-19 behind in 2020. AFC Urgent Care Danbury is here to inform and guide everyone with a health and safety checklist for a COVID-19 Christmas.

Christmas Traveling ChecklistImage of a couple wearing masks loading their car before they travel for Christmas in 2020

Traveling around the U.S has been getting stricter these past few weeks. COVID-19 is hot in over 45 locations in the United States and Connecticut is no exception. You definitely want to check out these red zone states so that you can make a decision on whether or not it’s a good idea to travel. 

We highly suggest avoiding travel right now. If your grandparents or relatives live in a red zone state or community in Connecticut. that has a high number of cases, you can always host a virtual Christmas and New Years celebration. This way, it will help protect you and your loved ones from possible exposure. Better safe than sorry!

If you choose to travel, we suggest bringing extra masks, and hand sanitizer with you. You should avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth and make sure that you are washing your hands frequently. Maintain social distancing as much as is possible, and celebrate outdoors where possible. We also advise that you check to see if cases are high in your community or at your destination before you travel. This way you know whether or not to travel, or to tell relatives who live in hot spots avoid traveling to you.

Firepits are this year’s best holiday present!!

Lastly, get tested for COVID-19 before you go. 

Getting COVID-19 tested and Flu Vaccinated before Christmas and New Years

This brings us to our next point. Get tested before your celebrations! This way, you are not bringing the virus with you if you do plan on traveling. Getting tested is one of the most important tasks you should include in your COVID-19 health and safety checklist. In addition to this, you should also get vaccinated for the flu. Flu season has just started and you don’t want to confuse it with COVID-19. A flu shot will help provide immunity and keep your loved ones safe from getting the flu.

**Important: Avoid non essential contact with others for at least 14 days prior to your plans. Don’t get caught with the flu or COVID-19 before Christmas and New Years. Get tested and get vaccinated for the Flu

AFC Urgent Care Danbury wishes you a COVID-19 free Christmas

AFC Urgent Care Danbury hopes that everyone prepares in advance and sets the rules when hosting a gathering, visiting family or going out for Christmas. And, if you need us, we have 3 locations that serve the greater Danbury area.

  • 2 Main Street (corner of South St, next to Dunkin Donuts)
  • 76c Newtown Rd. (Next to Texas Roadhouse)
  • 100 Mill Plain Rd. (Right next to Duchess)

You can visit us for minor cuts, sprains, X-rays, COVID-19 testing, flu vaccines and your other urgent care needs 7 days a week. With extended hours from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday and weekend hours from 8 am to 8 pm, we make it convenient for all of our friends and families in the Danbury communities. If you need rapid testing for COVID-19, schedule a virtual consultation with us so that you can schedule a time that works for you. We also offer standard COVID-19 testing that is performed 7 days a week with no appointment needed.

**Due to the holiday traffic and high demands, results may take up 7 to business days. Plan ahead!

If you need a flu shot, there is no appointment necessary and we can administer one on a walk-in basis. Always here for you.