Health officials repeat their plea for holiday weekend: Be cautious of COVID-19

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After previous holiday weekends resulted in an uptick in coronavirus cases, Montgomery County officials are once again reminding everyone to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 this Labor Day weekend. 

Cases of the coronavirus rose after Memorial Day and July Fourth weekends, both across the country and in our region

“I hope that people have learned from our last two summer holidays that just because it’s a holiday from work, it’s not a holiday from the coronavirus,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh. “Unfortunately, I do expect we will see a bit of a spike after Labor Day weekend.”

However, this long weekend is even more crucial than prior ones, because schools have already started. Arkoosh said they want to keep the level of the virus as low as possible to make it safer for kids to eventually return to their classrooms in person.

“In fact, if people are lax in their behavior, it just increases the chance that the coronavirus will get to work overtime on Labor Day,” she added.

In Montgomery County, the percentage of tests coming back positive remains around 3%.

So, Arkoosh is emphasizing residents to maintain precautions while at a cookout or gettogether with friends: Wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from one another.

“Do your best to not bring this virus back to our community,” she said.