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Take Care DePaul: Winter break health and safety reminders

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(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

As we wrap up the fall quarter and begin thinking about holiday baking, family celebrations and gift wrapping, the DePaul Community Health Team wants to remind everyone about a few safety precautions to Take Care, DePaul.

Earlier this month, Chicago updated the city's COVID-19 risk level from low to medium. This is based on the number of new local COVID-19 cases, the number of new local COVID-19 hospital admissions and the proportion of local hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19. As a result, everyone should continue to be diligent and follow safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to COVID-19, there is also an increase in influenza and respiratory syncytial virus , known as RSV, cases. To help mitigate the risk of infection, please remember the following over the holidays:

  • Stay up to date on your COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.
  • Wear a mask indoors.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or were exposed.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, follow all isolation guidance, including wearing a face mask.
  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
  • If you plan on traveling this holiday season, review the CDC's travel guidelines.
  • Show grace when employees call in sick and are unable to work.
Take Care, DePaul and happy holidays!