Older traditions are being tested and new ones are created on Thursday as Americans celebrate thanksgiving amid the first epidemic in a century and concerns over a potential post-holiday boom.
Some people are swapping large turkeys with chicken for two for the whole family. Others will hold a gathering on Zoom. Still, many Americans roasted public health warnings and crossed the country this week to see the family after several weeks and countless remembered celebrations.
25-year-old Cassidy Jarkle flew from Phoenix to Kansas City, Missouri for a vacation, steadfast in her desire to see her loved ones.
“I think with the holidays and everything, it’s very important right now, especially because people are out because of the whole epidemic.”
“As long as you keep your distance, you’re not touching stuff and you’re cleaning your hands, then people should see their family right now.”
This week Kovid-19 resulted in record high hospitalizations, reaching more than 88,000 on Tuesday, with many looking for normalcy despite warnings against travel.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was forced to issue an apology on Wednesday after failing on his own advice, urging residents of his city to stay home while traveling to Mississippi for the holidays.
“As a public official whose conduct is properly scrutinized for the message being sent to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver for guiding my decision to stay home for all but necessary travel As a conflict with, “Mayer said.
Andrew Cuomo of the New York government faced a similar heat on Monday. He canceled his plan to celebrate the thanksgiving ceremony indoors with his 89-year-old mother, Matilda, after receiving criticism.
“Do as I say, not as I do” Tweeted Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who betrayed Cuomo for his “hypocrisy” and “arrogance”.
Cases in the country are growing at an alarming rate and approaching 13 million, according to NBC News, with more than 263,000 people dying of the disease.
President-Elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that the country is experiencing a “long hard winter” due to coronovirus, but vowed “life is going to be normal.”
Soon the 46th President of the United States said that he too, Canceled your usually big thanksgiving gathering, And instead just his wife, Drs. Jill Biden, and will celebrate with her daughter and son-in-law.
In other coronovirus news:
- 27 veterans died after an Illinois veteran of cases nursing home experienced a huge Kovid-19 outbreak infecting nearly 200 residents and staff. State officials said they are investigating what the outbreak of the LaSalle facility was about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.
- Alabama football coach Nick Saban again tested positive for the virus and reported mild symptoms, while the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game was moved to Sunday afternoon, following the “abundance of rains,” one among the Ravens players the outbreak.
- Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tested positive for the virus, his office said Wednesday, and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis stated that he is estranged after the Kovid-19 performance and tested negative on Wednesday.
- New targeted restrictions in New York City moved into designated locations in the “orange” and “red” areas on Wednesday. The hospitalization rate over the last three weeks in the state is 128 percent, which was earlier a Kovid-19 success story.
The Associated Press has contributed.