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Some are choosing to stick close to home for Thanksgiving

The CDC is advising against travel for Thanksgiving and many are heeding the warning.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 9:22 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2020 6:51 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - A grim new forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects up to 48,000 more Americans could die from COVID-19 by December 12th.

That projection comes just one week away from Thanksgiving and the CDC is urging Americans to stay home for the holiday.

"It might be wise to spare some of your elderly relatives the exposure because the hospitals around here are pretty full," said Dr. Charity Baker, who agrees we need to stay close to home this Thanksgiving.  

Some folks, like Roger Crimmins are making turkey day a low-key affair.

"We are staying here. We have family that lives down in Des Moines, but we're just staying close because this thing is real," said Crimmins.

The same goes for Lori Fish, who is also not comfortable dining with her entire clan for Thanksgiving.

"I wouldn't even think about traveling anywhere. My in-laws live across the street so my husband, his in-laws are kind of our little bubble and that's what we'll do, but we're not going to go anywhere or have a big family dinner," said Fish.

She says it's a small sacrifice to make in order to keep our doctors, nurses and neighbors safe.

"We have to think about the strain it's putting on the health care system. They're working so hard and they're working so hard to keep us healthy. We need to do our part," she said.

Dr. Baker suggests, when you do get together to carve the turkey, follow some simple rules of COVID safety.

"Wearing masks, washing your hands, not sharing germs...spoons, forks, things like that and no double dipping! That's what I always say," said Dr. Baker.

The CDC wants everyone to consider the following before traveling before the holiday.  Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination?  The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected and spread it.  Do you live with someone at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and does your destination have any travel restrictions, such as requiring a two week quarantine?

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 333626

Reported Deaths: 3843
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin700691145
Ramsey29459521
Dakota23564198
Anoka23541236
Washington14864125
Stearns14564125
St. Louis9549121
Scott896460
Wright847548
Olmsted714637
Sherburne618746
Clay529960
Carver509715
Kandiyohi440828
Rice432338
Blue Earth431217
Crow Wing383339
Otter Tail338925
Chisago334516
Benton322753
Nobles316032
Winona297832
Douglas283040
Mower274823
Polk271527
Morrison246731
McLeod233721
Lyon232812
Beltrami230718
Goodhue222932
Becker221521
Steele21038
Itasca206324
Isanti203917
Carlton201417
Todd190314
Nicollet172126
Mille Lacs164632
Freeborn16227
Le Sueur157012
Brown156115
Cass153511
Pine14498
Meeker144812
Waseca143411
Roseau13035
Martin124721
Hubbard119729
Wabasha11301
Redwood104620
Chippewa9808
Renville95530
Cottonwood9454
Dodge9311
Watonwan8944
Wadena8637
Sibley8404
Rock8249
Houston8004
Aitkin79930
Fillmore7690
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Yellow Medicine69612
Kanabec68614
Swift63610
Murray6124
Faribault6093
Pope5721
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Marshall5459
Stevens5403
Jackson5321
Lake4518
Koochiching4216
Wilkin4175
Lac qui Parle4124
Lincoln3811
Unassigned38159
Norman3718
Big Stone3392
Mahnomen3225
Grant2986
Kittson2518
Red Lake2303
Traverse1531
Lake of the Woods1071
Cook800

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Cases: 237371

Reported Deaths: 2571
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk34873347
Linn14787169
Scott1184692
Black Hawk11288147
Woodbury10763137
Johnson985939
Dubuque947999
Story701924
Pottawattamie682474
Dallas661260
Sioux383829
Webster378339
Cerro Gordo373252
Marshall360950
Clinton345645
Buena Vista316614
Muscatine305172
Des Moines300623
Warren294115
Plymouth287044
Wapello265072
Jones237118
Jasper231546
Lee228719
Marion211922
Carroll204325
Bremer202713
Henry19367
Crawford183116
Benton175423
Tama157442
Jackson151117
Washington150216
Delaware147621
Dickinson145812
Boone144912
Mahaska133928
Wright13107
Clay12505
Buchanan123410
Hardin122812
Hamilton119514
Page11925
Kossuth11768
Clayton115510
Cedar114614
Harrison113432
Floyd111921
Mills11129
Calhoun10987
Fayette109812
Lyon10769
Butler10748
Winneshiek105513
Poweshiek103714
Iowa101414
Cherokee9674
Winnebago96325
Chickasaw9195
Hancock9138
Sac9068
Louisa90122
Grundy89514
Allamakee88413
Cass84725
Union8437
Mitchell8429
Appanoose81613
Humboldt8125
Shelby80511
Emmet79026
Guthrie78315
Franklin76421
Jefferson7635
Madison7265
Unassigned7090
Palo Alto6744
Keokuk6567
Pocahontas6024
Howard5859
Ida54915
Osceola5461
Greene5422
Montgomery51411
Clarke5064
Davis4839
Taylor4833
Monona4567
Adair4539
Monroe45113
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