Health experts: Celebrate Labor Day safely

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Sarah Erickson

TUSCALOOSA — In the past few weeks, Alabama has seen a drastic increase in COVID cases compared to earlier this summer.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, University of Alabama at Birmingham public health experts said there’s plenty you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 while celebrating the holiday weekend.

“When deciding where to go and what to do this holiday, there are places that are safer than others,” said UAB Epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd. “Think about risk factors and make smart choices.”

For example, places where people are more commonly vaccinated and wearing masks are safer, as are outdoor environments. But Judd said she recommends wearing a mask outdoors if you’re any place where people are gathering and not socially distanced.

“If you’re not vaccinated, reconsider gathering with others or going where people are not wearing masks and definitely wear a mask yourself,” Judd said.

Anyone 12 years or older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

For a comprehensive list of vaccine providers in Tuscaloosa County, click here.

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