Monday, December 28, 2020

New Year’s Eve

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
December 28, 2020
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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A family is shown indoors dancing

The safest way to celebrate the new year is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you or virtually with friends and family. If you’re celebrating New Year’s with people outside your household, make sure you take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) apart.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Get a flu shot as soon as possible.

A family is shown playing a game in their home.

Consider other activities to celebrate New Year’s, such as: 

  • Have virtual celebrations with loved ones.
  • Plan a New Year’s party for the people who live with you.
  • Plan a neighborhood countdown to midnight.
  • Watch a livestreamed firework display, concert, First Night event, or other New Year’s programming from your home.

People shown outside doing tai chi and socially distanced. Picture of family outdoors grilling a meal.

Participate in Outdoor and Indoor Activities

If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, the safer choice is to meet outdoors. You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities when you stay at least 6 feet from people who don’t live with you and limit your time around others. Remember to bring a mask with you to put on when you encounter people who may get closer than 6 feet, and follow local mask mandates. 

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New Variant of Virus that Causes COVID-19 Detected

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. Since November 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) has reported a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in London and southeast England. This rapid increase in cases has been linked to a different version—or variant—of the virus that causes COVID-19. It is still very early in the identification of this variant, so we have a great deal to learn, and more studies are needed. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

As of December 28, 2020

In the United States, there have been 19,055,869 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker now has a County View to help make decisions about everyday activities.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Winter Holidays

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December 21, 2020
This message includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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Winter Holidays 

The safest way to celebrate winter holidays is at home with the people who live with you. Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter. If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings. 

A family is shown indoors, holding presents, with a laptop in front of them. They are talking to other individuals who are shown on the laptop screen. 

Consider Other Winter Holiday Activities

  • Schedule a time to eat a meal together virtually.
  • Host a virtual “ugly” holiday sweater contest
  • Schedule a time to meet virtually to open gifts together.
  • Build gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, or make holiday crafts and decorations.
  • Drive or walk around your community to look at decorations from a safe distance, or drive through a local holiday light display.
  • Throw a virtual dance party

People walking in snow in front of housing and social distancing

If your holiday traditions usually involve visiting Santa Claus, check local opportunities and know requirements for visiting safely.

  • Schedule a virtual visit to the North Pole.
  • Visit Santa Claus outside while a wearing mask and staying 6 feet apart.
  • If Santa Claus is staying indoors, he will likely be taking safety measures; you may be able to visit him through a plastic safety window.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

As of December 21, 2020

In the United States, there have been 17,790,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.


CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.


In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker now has a County View to help make decisions about everyday activities.

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Everyone Can Make Winter Holiday Celebrations Safer

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December 17, 2020
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A home is shown with a few individuals outdoors in a snowy setting. Individuals are all maintaining distance from each other.
The safest way to celebrate winter holidays is at home with the people who live with you. Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.
A person is shown wearing a mask and washing her hands indoors.

Everyone Can Make Winter Holiday Celebrations Safer

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter. If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings.

  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Wash your hands
  • Get a flu shot as soon as possible

Safer Celebrations

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter.

If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings.


A person is shown wearing a mask and carrying a basket filled with food and a bottle of hand sanitizer.

Attending a Winter Holiday Celebration

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter.
If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings.

A woman is shown with a written guest list in front of her and a thought bubble showing a mask and hand sanitizer. She is on the phone with one of her guests

Hosting a Winter Holiday Celebration

If you choose to have guests at your home, you can make your celebration safer by

  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have a small, outdoor celebration with family and friends who live in your community, weather-permitting.
  • Have extra unused masks available for your guests and encourage everyone to wear them inside and outside.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
  • Use a touchless garbage can, if available.
  • Cancel your gathering if you or someone who lives with you is sick or has been near someone who thinks they have or has COVID-19.
A family is shown indoors, holding presents, with a laptop in front of them. They are talking to other individuals who are shown on the laptop screen.

Consider Other Winter Holiday Activities

  • Schedule a time to eat a meal together virtually.
  • Host a virtual “ugly” holiday sweater contest.
  • Schedule a time to meet virtually to open gifts together.
  • Build gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, or make holiday crafts and decorations.
  • Drive or walk around your community to look at decorations from a safe distance or drive through a local holiday light display.
  • Throw a virtual dance party.
Two families are shown outdoors in the snow building snowmen. The families are 6 feet apart from each other while doing this activity.

Enjoy the winter weather, if you live somewhere with snow

  • Hold a snowman or snow angel contest with neighbors or friends in your community.
  • Build a snow fort or other snow structure.

Volunteer to help others in need

  • Reach out to your local community service organizations to get involved and give back. Make sure to ask about their safety precautions in advance.
  • Find virtual opportunities to contribute.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

As of December 16, 2020

In the United States, there have been 16,519,668  confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands. 

CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.

In addition to cases, deaths, and laboratory testing, CDC’s COVID Data Tracker now has a County View to help make decisions about everyday activities. 

This map shows COVID-19 cases reported by U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and other U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1600 Clifton Rd   Atlanta, GA 30329   1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)   TTY: 888-232-6348
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