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Health officials express concerns on holiday COVID-19 transmission in Pima County

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Holiday concerns

TUCSON (KVOA) - This holiday season may bring different opportunities of COVID-19 transmission, according to Pima County Health officials. 

Many children will be out of school due to the break, which could help with cutting down on the transmission, however, the holidays mean other opportunities for spreading the virus. 

"Now they're are going home and they may be interacting with people they haven't been interacting with the past few months because families are coming in," said Dr. Theresa Cullen, Pima County Health Department director. "People are coming in. I think right now, we are struggling to predict what will be the impact of vacation."

According to Dr. Cullen, their concerns is what they will see in January when students return back to the classrooms. 

Within Pima County, 70% of people have been vaccinated, however, there are 392 COVID-19 positive patients in hospitals, the most since Feb. 17 of this year with a positivity rate of 15%. 

Dr. Cullen added that people should be extra cautious this holiday weekend, urging the public to mask up, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, especially if you're in a public setting. 

She recommends for those who are feeling under the weather, to stay home. 

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