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How to Stay Connected in 2021

As we embark on a new year, many of us are wishing to connect with others and enjoy annual traditions, travel, and get back to a sense of normalcy. There are multiple opportunities to stay connected in 2021, even if they look different. Even as the COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be distributed, it’s important to follow the five core actions to continue to keep everyone safe during this pandemic. KCHD offers the following guidance and recommendations on how to stay safe, stay connected, and how to stay informed.

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Stay Safe

  • Follow the 5 Core Actions, even if you have received your COVID vaccine.
  • When available, get vaccinated. For information on vaccination phases, click here.
  • Keep friends and family who do not live in your house 6 feet apart.
  • Use disposable cups, plates, and utensils.
  • Avoid over-crowded stores by shopping online.
  • Go outside! Use the outdoors to help socially distance with friends and family while visiting or eating.
  • Open your windows and get fresh air circulating and utilize fans to increase ventilation.   

Stay Connected

  • Play games that go along with physical distancing: Bingo, Trivia, and Charades.
  • If a family member is high riskfor getting COVID, instead of visiting in-person, try to keep them included by virtual game night, cooking classes, or face time to give them personal interaction.
  • Relax and clear your mind by going on a walk around your neighborhood.
  • Write letters or draw pictures and send them to those who are unable to gather.
  • It doesn’t have to be a holiday to give a gift. Treat your friends or family to some of their favorite goodies, such as candles, socks, candy, snacks, or gift cards to their favorite place as a care package.
  • Drop of a home-cooked meal to those who need a break.
  • Can’t be active due to health reasons? Take a drive instead to stay connected with nature and get out of the house.
  • During this stressful time, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Find a list of mental health resources here.

Stay Informed

  • Food Safety is very important all times of the year! Click here to learn more.
  • Fight the Flu: Encourage others to get their flu shot – the flu didn’t disappear just because COVID is here.
  • Look at guidance or restrictions at the travel destination before you leave. Click here for more info.
  • Keep updated on COVID-19 guidance updates.

Have a Plan

  • What to do if you get sick?
  • Have a contingency plan in case someone starts showing symptoms while visiting.
  • Open communication with friends and family on expectations.

Ways to Stay Connected during Valentine’s Day

  • Crafts – make valentines and send to family and friends. Get creative and send a virtual valentine’s card online.  
  • Dinner Date at home – use candles and get your favorite restaurant to-go.  
  • Cook at home, maybe even take a virtual cooking class to impress that special someone.  
  • Watch a Valentine's Day Movie: the fun is in the details. Get popcorn and candy like you would at the theater, maybe even dress up and make it like a date.  
  • Stream a virtual concert  
  • Enjoy s’more of each other’s company with a bonfire in the backyard under the stars.  
  • Try and make your own homemade chocolates – a fun experience for your significant other or for the kiddos.  

It’s the perfect occasion to show love and affection to family and friends. It’s also a great opportunity to show your parents or grandparents some love.  

  • Send them a homemade Valentine’s Day Card.  
  • Color them a special picture (Click here for FREE printable assorted Valentine pictures to color) 
  • Crayola created a free Valentine-themed bingo game Valentine bingo sheets. You can have a virtual game night.  

With COVID-19 circulating, it’s important to celebrate with those in your own household. Create your own Valentine’s party featuring heart-shaped decorations and sweet treats made with love.  

  • Valentine’s Day fruit kabobs filled with fruit cut into the shape of hearts or fruits that are beautiful shades of red.  
  • Heart-shaped cookies, toast, pancakes, etc. Make any snack or meal festive with cutting it into the shape of a heart.