Local health officials advise on taking precautions during Thanksgiving travel

He stresses the importance of staying safe during this time, not only for your own health but the rest of the community as well.
Thxgiving Travel

JOPLIN, Mo. – Whether you are traveling by bus, car or plane, the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing and Health officials are recommending following certain guidelines to keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving.

“Avoid going inside gas stations if you can, carry some hand sanitizer with you, some sanitation wipes to wipe down gas pumps. If you have to stop along the way to eat the safest way would be to pack your own food, the second safest way would be go through a drive thru” said Joplin Health Director, Ryan Talkin.

The CDC has official recommendations on their site regarding travel for thanksgiving like checking travel restrictions, getting a flu shot before travel, wear your mask, social distance, wash your hands, avoid touching your mask, eyes, mouth or nose, bring extra supplies and know when to delay your travel.

“As far as our advice goes with the CDC guidelines, we typically follow those guidelines and if you go on the CDC site it is very large there’s a lot of layers to it so we ask individuals to have common sense” said Talkin.

And to have those conversations if there are concerns ahead of time with family you plan on traveling to or who are traveling to you.

“I think it is important to have a frank conversation, ask them if you are sick stay home, don’t put the expectation and pressure on the individuals. You know it’s okay if you’re not feeling well, it’s okay you can stay home” added Talkin.

He stresses the importance of staying safe during this time, not only for your own health but the rest of the community as well.

“our rates here in the Joplin area, they remain elevated. The White House coronavirus task force has put Joplin and much of the state of Missouri in a red zone, which means it’s at the highest risk so yeah there is concern.”

You can find more of the CDC’s guidelines here.