Public Health: ‘Do not host or attend Thanksgiving gatherings’

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County gave an update Tuesday on the spread of COVID-19 in the county.

Last week, PHDMC issued a stay-at-home advisory for Montgomery County that will be in effect until Dec. 17. Tuesday, Health Commissioner Jeffrey Cooper said both the Governor’s curfew order and the county’s advisory “are clearly needed for this community.” Cooper said health officials continue to see an increase in cases in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County is now averaging 366 news cases of COVID-19 per day, according to PHDMC. Cooper said Nov. 16 saw the most reported cases with more than 550 reports. Cooper said, “We are seeing rapid spread throughout all communities in Montgomery County.”

Health officials said Montgomery County has more than 6,700 cases for the month of November as of Nov. 24. Cooper warned these numbers will continue to increase through the month of December if behaviors don’t change. Cooper further warned that a trend has developed that shows a significant increase in cases two weeks after a holiday.

These increases, Cooper said, creates a strain in hospitals and resources. To mitigate this increase, Cooper said, “The message is very clear. Public Health recommends that we do not host or attend Thanksgiving gatherings.”

With the stay at home advisory in place, many people said their holiday plans have changed significantly. “I was gonna go spend time with my family and stuff like that, but I can’t do that now because I don’t want to get sick and I don’t wanna get other people sick,” said Tyler walker, a student a Wright State University.

“We were supposed to be flying out a noon today to Philadelphia for a family get together and we cancelled that. We’re going to be staying here in downtown Dayton, where we live, and just have a little Thanksgiving celebration between my wife and I,” said Dan Robie, a Montgomery County resident.

The stay at home advisory states people should only be leaving their homes for work, school or essential needs.

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