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State Department of Health issues Spring Break guidance, recommendations on safe travel

Friday, March 12, 2021

State and local health departments encourage Oklahomans to stay safe, avoid large gatherings and continue to follow CDC guidelines

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health today released its official safety recommendations for families across the state of Oklahoma gathering or traveling for Spring Break amid COVID-19. 

“We’re at a critical point in fighting back against COVID-19,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye. “Cases and hospitalizations are beginning to decline — but they will almost certainly rise again if we take our foot off the gas now. As you take time during spring break to relax with loved ones, I urge you to continue avoiding large gatherings and following CDC guidelines.”

As a reminder, large gatherings of more than 10 have the potential to spread the virus in communities, further increasing the risk of infection. If you do choose to gather, OSDH recommends that you take advantage of the warming weather to meet outdoors with loved ones and friends. Please also continue to follow the three W’s if you gather: Wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.

If you plan to travel, you should get a COVID-19 test to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, particularly for college students returning home. If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, OSDH highly recommends you do so.    

Following the CDC’s release of updated guidelines, OSDH has provided new recommendations for individuals who are fully vaccinated. (Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and after their second dose for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.) 

Fully vaccinated people can omit wearing masks if visiting small groups of other fully vaccinated people indoors or if visiting with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

If you choose to gather with any number of people who have not been vaccinated, you should still wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. OSDH recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, should continue following the three W’s in public spaces.

For more information on CDC holiday guidelines visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.  

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