A Negative Coronavirus Test Doesn’t Mean You Can Safely Gather For Thanksgiving, State’s Top Doc Says

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CHICAGO — Getting a negative coronavirus test does not mean you can have a Thanksgiving gathering, the state’s top doctor warned Thursday.

For weeks, the state’s and city’s leading health officials have begged people to cancel their holiday plans and not gather with friends and family from outside their household. They’re worried such gatherings could lead to COVID-19 spreading even further and, ultimately, killing people’s loved ones.

Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance Thursday advising Americans not to travel and to have online celebrations for Thanksgiving.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, doubled down on that during a Thursday news conference, telling people the safest way to gather is virtually — regardless of if you’ve had a COVID-19 test recently.

“A negative test does not give you a free pass to celebrate Thanksgiving in person,” Ezike said. “The safest way to celebrate with your loved ones and your cherished, elderly relative is to do it virtually.

“… I don’t want anyone to look back and say, ‘If only we didn’t have people over for Thanksgiving … so-and-so might still be here’” for the holidays.

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