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Halloween weekend health tips for the family

Local health officials advise those who are medically fragile to stay home this weekend.

ABILENE, Texas — According to the Abilene-Taylor County Health District, the community spread cases of COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

Annette Lerma, Health Director, encourages those who may be medically fragile to stay home this Halloween Weekend.

According to the CDC, trick or treating is considered to be a high-risk activity.

Lerma says for those who do plan to participate in the holiday weekend, to proceed with caution.

"For those that do want to hand out candy, we encourage them to wash their hands really well before handling the candy, wear a mask, hand out the candy outdoors," said Lerma.

Lerma also encourages individuals to keep as much space from those they come into contact with. According to Lerma, a costume mask should not replace the use of a cloth face mask.

"You do also want to be careful, you don't want to put a mask on a child, then a cloth mask on top of that. That can make it difficult to breathe... but you can get creative with incorporating a cloth mask into your costume". says Lerma.

According to the CDC, some options for low-risk activities include pumpkin carving, virtual costume contests, or a movie marathon.