Labor Day Holiday Weekend causing concerns for Health Officials

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – The severity of the surge can clearly be seen in America’s Hospitals – where the number of covid patients is the highest it’s been since last winter – but with the holiday weekend fast approaching, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention asks unvaccinated people to seriously reconsider their travel plans.

“People need to take these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling. First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” says Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director.

AAA says that with the surging Covid cases,  it’s hard to predict just how busy this Labor Day weekend will be, but they are anticipating a lot of travelers hitting the roads.  

“ Even with a road trip, you are still exposing yourself to other people. Eventually, you will have to get gas or make a pit stop. Even if you are planning a road trip there are still things you can do to keep your family safe – if you are taking a longer road trip try to take some snacks and extra food to limit the number of stops,” says Megan Cooper, AAA

Tennessee is one of the highest-ranked states in the  U.S. for daily new Covid cases per population,  causing health experts to plead with citizens to simply be more responsible.

“We as Americans, Tennesseans, and Chattanoogan’s have to come together and think about the collective health of our community. That involves making good decisions and smart decisions regardless of what your personal decisions are. We have to think about what’s best for our community and health system,” says Dr. Jay Sizemore, Erlanger Infectious Disease.

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