Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) COVID-19 Weekly Status Statement December 18, 2020

News this week about the vaccine beginning to be delivered and administered around the country is certainly exciting. It’s a source of hope at the time of year when many of us need and look for it. It also arrives at a time when we continue to see an exacerbated number of cases and hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19. That is why Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) extended its Stay at Home Advisory until January 2. The advisory is simply that. A reminder to be cautious with specific ways to limit your risk. We can still enjoy many of our most cherished holiday traditions like lighting the menorah, trimming the tree or savoring the wonderful foods of Kwanzaa. We just ask our residents to avoid large family gatherings and community festivities during this holiday season. Let’s celebrate small this year as we work toward a healthy and happy new year. FCPH is proud to partner with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to develop several videos which highlight how to celebrate differently this year, some with humor and others acknowledging the mental health challenges of the pandemic and the holiday season. Click here to see the videos and visit our website for information about how we can support one another and “Spread Love, Not Covid” this holiday season.

Joe Mazzola, MPA
Franklin County Health Commissioner