The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is sharing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on safe ways to celebrate the holidays. Currently across the United States, an increase in COVID-19 infections is being reported. Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant of concern, is highly contagious, was first detected last month, and has now been reported in 89 countries. As of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases it is causing.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.
The CDC reminds us of the tools to fight Omicron:
Every day you, our members, are working to make life easier for those in need of your services. We are grateful for your hard work, perseverance, and dedication. As we explore new ways to support you and your mission, so that you can spend more time improving the communities you serve, we are proud to be part of the journey with you.
In this season of giving thanks, and all year long, we at RCPA are extremely grateful for you. From all of us at RCPA to all of you… we wish you, your colleagues, families, and friends a joyous, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!