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​Public Health Tips for Celebrating Safely this Thanksgiving Holiday 


Traditionally, we travel to see family and friends over the holidays to celebrate.  Unfortunately, a "traditional" Thanksgiving must look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel and gatherings with individuals outside of your household should be avoided. If you must gather, do so outside and strictly adhere to the 3 Ws. Any gathering that does not adhere to the 3 Ws risks further spread of COVID-19 and should be avoided before, during and after Thanksgiving. Information regarding getting tested before the holiday is available in English and Spanish.   

Public Health has put together some tips for staying safe over the holiday --  

  • Avoid travel and gatherings with individuals outside of your household if possible. 
  • Prepare a meal with people in your household.  
  • Host a virtual Thanksgiving dinner and share recipes. 
  • Put up your favorite decorations and share photos online.  
  • Watch parades, sporting events and movies on TV at home. 
  • Shop for food and other items online instead of in stores.  
  • If travel and gathering with individuals is unavoidable, get tested first, and always follow the 3 Ws, even if you receive a negative test result.  


The Thanksgiving Safety Tips are available in English and Spanish.   

No cost COVID-19 testing is available at the NW Health Department (2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte) Monday through Friday. Beginning, Tuesday, November 17, hours are extended to 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. until further notice. No cost COVID-19 testing is also available at many sites in our StarMed Healthcare, Walgreens Pharmacy, CVS Health, community health centers, and many other primary care providers throughout the County. To locate specific testing sites, visit the testing site locator on or you can call the County's COVID-19 Hotline at 980-314-9400. If asked, Mecklenburg County is an area experiencing high community transmission and individuals traveling or attending gatherings have been prioritized for testing by the NC DHHS.  

More stay safe tips, including information in multiple languages, are available on the County's website here. If you have questions, need advice or want to report a high-risk situation, you can call Public Health's COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

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