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Keeping sickness out of your holiday party

With holiday season in full swing, you can't forget protecting your health

Posted: Nov 22, 2019 10:32 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Thanksgiving is upon us, less than a week away.

And while the first thing may be preparing a turkey dinner, you can't forget protecting your health, as cold and flu season is starting to ramp up.

It's Zelda Elwood's first Thanksgiving in her new home, but she's no stranger to have lots of guests over.

"Last year, we had 27. But it was a much smaller venue than this. But we fit them in."

Luckily, icky illnesses are not common at Zelda's get-togethers.

"Never had food poisoning. We always have that many people. It's usually between 21 and 25-26 people, but we've never had anybody that got sick."

Dr. Hameed Khan of Quick Care Urget Care has been seeing a bump in sick patients.

"We're seeing a handful of flu. It really hasn't peaked yet, but a lot more bronchitis and cold like symptoms really going around."

So before reaching to grab some turkey or pumpkin pie, Khan suggests washing your hands to avoid coming into contact with bacteria. 

"They can be on the handle, they can be on a door knob, they can be on faucets, especially when you're out traveling at gas stations. Anything you touch, you can spread germs."

In addition, Khan advises to wash thoroughly, not just the palm of your hands.

"Rinsing the back of your hands, make sure you get in between the nails and between the fingers. Getting up to about half your arm is always a good common sense at least."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends proper sleeping and keeping a relaxed and positive outlook can also help to avoid falling under the weather.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 454989

Reported Deaths: 6163
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin943781502
Ramsey40624748
Dakota33540354
Anoka31357368
Washington20533237
Stearns18091190
St. Louis13970250
Scott1217799
Wright11791107
Olmsted1078075
Sherburne829669
Carver704439
Clay658884
Rice624274
Kandiyohi558072
Blue Earth548033
Crow Wing490478
Otter Tail464268
Chisago459538
Benton423688
Winona394548
Douglas379366
Nobles374647
Mower373729
Goodhue356863
Polk330760
McLeod328147
Beltrami315748
Morrison314545
Lyon305539
Becker288939
Itasca287343
Isanti285643
Carlton284043
Steele278910
Pine270315
Freeborn254123
Todd233730
Nicollet229438
Brown218034
Mille Lacs215645
Le Sueur214216
Cass210724
Meeker201333
Waseca193216
Wabasha17463
Martin171926
Roseau166417
Hubbard150738
Redwood141127
Houston140014
Dodge13934
Renville138440
Chippewa133032
Cottonwood129018
Fillmore12698
Wadena120818
Rock112012
Aitkin111433
Sibley10997
Faribault109416
Watonwan10688
Pennington101016
Kanabec99618
Pipestone96823
Yellow Medicine94916
Murray9117
Jackson87310
Swift84518
Pope7475
Stevens7078
Marshall70315
Clearwater68814
Lake66315
Lac qui Parle66116
Wilkin6339
Koochiching60610
Lincoln4912
Unassigned47369
Big Stone4693
Grant4388
Norman4258
Mahnomen4167
Kittson37420
Red Lake3204
Traverse2613
Lake of the Woods1961
Cook1160

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Cases: 311430

Reported Deaths: 4433
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Linn18065279
Scott15872172
Black Hawk14090243
Woodbury13129181
Johnson1230052
Dubuque11625159
Pottawattamie9166115
Dallas908972
Story881038
Cerro Gordo473572
Webster472477
Sioux459757
Warren459339
Clinton458168
Marshall431162
Buena Vista396330
Muscatine396178
Des Moines395143
Plymouth353270
Wapello350798
Jasper332859
Lee324632
Marion309353
Jones274950
Henry267131
Carroll258434
Bremer250148
Crawford234724
Boone222917
Washington222933
Benton213650
Mahaska197937
Jackson195032
Tama190259
Dickinson188829
Kossuth180644
Delaware176236
Clay172521
Wright167124
Fayette166024
Hamilton162330
Buchanan162224
Winneshiek160820
Harrison158562
Hardin157931
Cedar155619
Clayton153849
Butler151724
Page147115
Floyd141636
Cherokee140127
Mills138517
Lyon137533
Poweshiek135224
Hancock131924
Allamakee130930
Iowa127722
Madison123910
Calhoun12349
Grundy122628
Winnebago122229
Jefferson122125
Mitchell116837
Louisa116230
Cass115243
Chickasaw113712
Appanoose112640
Sac112215
Union111623
Emmet111332
Humboldt106819
Shelby105527
Guthrie104424
Franklin103618
Unassigned10160
Palo Alto92411
Montgomery89124
Keokuk86326
Howard85919
Monroe82220
Clarke8129
Pocahontas78211
Ida76030
Davis70321
Greene6977
Adair69620
Monona68518
Lucas66710
Osceola64711
Worth6194
Taylor5999
Fremont5246
Van Buren50215
Decatur4974
Ringgold45111
Audubon4228
Wayne42021
Adams3003
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