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Doctors at Marian Regional Medical Center urging community to follow health orders through holiday season


SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Fatima Guardado is still trying to figure out plans for Thanksgiving this year. "We’re unsure if we should celebrate as a family or maybe just stay home with our parents. Just unsure."

Doctors at Marian Regional Medical Center are worried about people traveling for the holiday or getting together in large groups.

"When you take certain households that aren’t living together and mix them with other households, even if they’re related to you, it increases the risk of transmission,” said Dr. Scott Robertson at Marian Regional Medical Center.

Doctors say some of the most serious cases of COVID-19 over the summer, stemmed from family members giving it to other relatives.

"So it’s extraordinarily important that if you’re planning on getting together for Thanksgiving, that you try to just stay with your immediate family, those that live within your household," said Robertson.

While you may be feeling tired from all the health restrictions, doctors are urging everyone to continue to be vigilant through the holidays.

"Because all the data will suggest that we will have a vaccine at the beginning of 2021," said Robertson.

As shoppers head to the grocery store stocking up on thanksgiving supplies, Kristin Ruptecht says she will be spending her Thanksgiving at home. “We are not, unfortunately, gathering with our families. We’re sad but we look forward to it in the future.”

"If we can just get through the next couple months, there is promising scientific advancements through the COVID-19 vaccine just on the horizon,” said Robertson.

Whatever you plan to do this Thanksgiving holiday, doctors hope everyone will use common sense by limiting contact with others as much as possible.

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