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South Carolina health officials reminded residents Thursday that holidays remain a risky time in terms of the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported another 2,023 cases of coronavirus and 39 deaths statewide on Thursday.

“I’ll be staying home this Christmas, and that’s how I’ll be keeping
myself and my loved ones safe,” said Dr. Linda Bell, the state epidemiologist.

Officials are urging, instead, families celebrate virtually over phone or video calls.

“Celebrating this holiday season like we would any other year puts the health of you and your loved ones in jeopardy. Staying home means staying safe,” said DHEC interim Director Dr. Brannon Traxler.