Health district admin: Thanksgiving gatherings ‘just too dangerous’

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CHAMPAIGN — What if you keep the gathering brief?What if you wear masks and take them off only to take bites of your turkey and sweet potatoes?What if you have just one or two people over for dinner?

No, no and no.“It’s just too dangerous,” said Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde. “I can’t stress this enough to people.”What public-health officials have been urging about holiday get-togethers has been reinforced by one of the new restrictions taking effect statewide Friday as COVID-19 cases have continued to explode.No gathering with people outside your household. No exceptions.“This is the year to be different,” Pryde said about Thanksgiving. “There’s nothing more protective about the winter holidays. In fact, it’s more dangerous.”In addition to the rising number of COVID-19 cases that are being detected through testing, there are 5 to 7 percent more cases — asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic — that are unknown, she said. People with COVID-19 can be infectious two days before symptoms develop.“So the likelihood of getting infected at your Thanksgiving gathering — I don’t care if you’re gathering is three — if one of you is infected, you all are going to be …

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