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Nevada doctors urge public to celebrate Labor Day weekend safely amid pandemic

Posted at 10:28 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 01:28:06-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some are getting ready to celebrate Labor Day weekend, but the country remains in the middle of a pandemic and local doctors are urging everyone to remain cautious.

This comes after spikes were reported in COVID-19 cases within Nevada after Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday weekends.

Local Melanie Zaragoza says she will be spending the holiday weekend with her husband and two kids.

“Since the pandemic, we don’t go out anywhere. My kids have really bad asthma, so I’m afraid of them catching it. We’re staying indoors," said Zaragoza.

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She also that she’s not visiting local parks like before.

“Some people don’t know they have it and they can get too close. I think COVID-19 cases are going to go up because it seems like it happens during every holiday," Zaragoza said.

Experts say that could be a possibility, but things might be different this time, compared to the previous holiday weekends with better enforcement of the mask mandate along with more available testing sites.

“Things are very attractive. It’s almost a perfect storm for another COVID-19 spike. However, the biggest difference is going to be the public wearing masks and keeping with social distancing," said Dr Jeffrey Ng, from the Las Vegas Medical Group.

Dr. Brian Labus, UNLV assistant professor, says that he understands that people want to celebrate, but it’s important to be cautious.

“People want to have parties, they want to get together. But you have to keep in mind there could be disease transmission with large groups. So, if you’re getting together, get together with fewer people and don’t have a large event," said Labus.