It's been a monumental week in the fight against the coronavirus here in Alaska. As the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are administered, there is a sense of optimism in the air. It feels like we just saw the first light at the end of what has been a long dark tunnel.
Unfortunately, it's going to take many months to get enough people immunized to allow life to return to normal. Now is not the time to let your guard down and get complacent. If you do, you could jeopardize your health and the health of those around you.
For many Alaskans, it's a holiday tradition to fly south to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. As a precaution, please consider postponing your travel and sticking close to home this year. The public health experts are urging people not to hold large multi-family gatherings and the data is clear that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Nationwide, there was a COVID-19 spike after Thanksgiving and there could be an even larger spike unless people stay home for Christmas.
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Please be safe,