As coronavirus cases rise, people in the D.C. region are largely staying home for Thanksgiving

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The increase was led by Maryland, which recorded 2,885 new cases Saturday, a 23 percent jump from the prior day. D.C. had 153 new cases, a rise of 18 percent, while Virginia’s daily case number dipped by about 8 percent to 2,348.With the coronavirus in mind, AAA surveyed people about their Thanksgiving travel plans and found that:• In D.C., 83 percent of people said they would not be traveling for the holiday, with 65 percent of them saying it was because of the pandemic.• In Virginia, 84 percent of people said they will stay home, with 41 percent citing the pandemic.• In Maryland, 89 percent of residents said they won’t travel Thursday, and 50 percent said it was because of the virus.“Conflicted by two competing emotions at once — nostalgia and familial love, which is natural and instinctual — fewer Washington, D.C. residents are opting to travel back home for traditional Thanksgiving Day family gatherings during the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic this year,” reads a news release from AAA.D.C.-area residents are largely heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has recommended against Thanksgiving travel. More than 85 percent of those surveyed in all three jurisdictions said they perceive traveling during the …

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