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State health officials issues COVID-19 guidelines for fall events

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance for fall events to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

NCDHHS reported the state’s highest one-day increase of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases to date on Oct. 16 with 2,684 new cases reported. The department also reported the second highest number of hospitalizations to date, with 1,148 reported.

As the numbers continue to move in the wrong direction on this key metric, it is more important than ever that all North Carolinians use the tools available to slow the spread of the virus: wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth, waiting at least six feet from others and washing your hands often. Masks have been proven to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially if worn correctly and collectively. Whatever your reason, get behind the mask.

Any scenario in which people gather together poses a risk for COVID-19 transmission. This includes fall-related events in North Carolina such as outdoor activities at farms, pumpkin patches, haunted houses/trails, and agritourism events. Organizers of fall-related events should create and implement a plan to minimize the opportunity for COVID-19 transmission. The guidance below will help organizers reduce the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. For guidance on trick-or-treating, please follow NC DHHS Guidance on Halloween Event Organizers.

The full list of recommendations for fall events can be downloaded here.

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