Testing Tips This Holiday Season

VERMONT- It's hard to believe but the holidays are upon us and state health officials are giving their testing tips to stay safe during Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

During Governor Scott's weekly press briefing on Tuesday. Vermont health commissioner, Dr. Mark Levine discussed testing tips to do before attending gatherings this thanksgiving.

Levine does recommend getting a PCR test before attending a gathering, but to make sure you leave enough time. "Leaving three days or more will be best to ensure getting a test in on time," Levine says.

At this time the state does not offer rapid antigen testing at its state run testing facilities. But those who want to receive a rapid antigen test before attending a gathering can do so by making an appointment with an urgent care facility that offers them or you can order a rapid test online or pick it up at your local pharmacy.

But don't worry about not getting a testing appointment. Levine says the state has enough PCR tests and capacity to process the influx of tests for the upcoming holiday season.

Next week Dr. Levine and his team of health officials are planning on rolling out official tips on keeping safe this Thanksgiving season. But at this time Levine says testing and taking necessary precautions is what's most important to keep you safe this holiday season.