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Pass the turkey, not the virus: holiday safety planning

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DULUTH, MN -- With Thanksgiving just around the corner, local and state leaders are warning people not to let their guard down against coronavirus.

St. Louis County Public Health Division Director Amy Westbrook said the county has seen a big uptick in cases of COVID-19.

"We think that may have been due to Halloween gatherings," Westbrook said. "Coming into the holiday season, we really want to encourage people to be more vigilant."

On Tuesday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced restrictions on the size of private gatherings: just 10 people or fewer, and from no more than three households.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers advised everyone stay home and only gather with those in their own household.

Governor Evers also recommended celebrating online.

"Limit contact to only those you live with, and encourage your friends and family to gather virtually rather than at each other's home," Evers said. "Cancel gatherings and parties, and plan for virtual holiday celebrations instead."

With the holiday season upon us, Westbrook recommends staying closer to home.

If you have to travel, limit your social interaction two weeks before your trip, and get tested before you go.

Limit holiday shopping with large crowds, and wear a mask at all times.

When it comes to staying safe, preparation is key.

"Start making a plan about Thanksgiving," Westbrook said. "Talk to your extended family if you are going to gather. Put a plan in place."

Planning ahead can keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.

Click here for Governor Evers' full list of holiday safety recommendations.

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