Stay home and stay safe this holiday, health officials urge

(AP) – Don’t travel over the upcoming holidays. That’s the message local health officials are sending as COVID cases continue to climb in the state. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect yourself and others is to stay home. But if you must travel, consider getting coronavirus tests before and after your trip, U.S. health officials urged Wednesday. The CDC also announced new guidelines that shorten recommended quarantines after close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. The virus has infected more than 13.5 million Americans and killed at least 270,000 since January.