KC area health officials have these tips to stay safe from COVID-19 on Christmas

Have a wary, wary Christmas? Public health officials say with the rise of the Omicron variant in the Kansas City metro, residents should take precautions when gathering for the holidays. Getting vaccinated is one big step towards ensuring a safe family gathering, but you may also want to mask up and stay physically distanced if your getting together in large groups outside your immediate bubble. Photo via AdventHealth Shawnee Mission.

Holiday plans for many people this week include seeing family, whether that means traveling or just gathering indoors.

In an update last week about the current state of the pandemic across the Kansas City metro, leaders of local hospital systems and public health officials urged residents to consider altering their holiday agendas in the face of rising case numbers.