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Edwards said that celebrations around Halloween likely hiked the number of cases and he said he fears that Thanksgiving could be a similar problem.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and a couple of doctors implored Louisiana residents to celebrate Thanksgiving in a different way this year as the state is dealing with a COVID outbreak that, while still less than the nation’s as a whole, is trending in the wrong direction.

“Make no mistake, Louisiana is in the third surge of this pandemic,” he said at an afternoon press conference. “This surge is clearly worse than the first two – nationwide.”

Edwards said that celebrations around Halloween likely hiked the number of cases and he said he fears that Thanksgiving could be a similar problem.

“If you’re planning on a Thanksgiving that looks like previous Thanksgivings where you bring family and friends around a common dinner table, you’re making a mistake,” he said. 

Edwards said he loves large holiday celebrations, but they aren’t safe right now.

“We ought to love our loved ones enough to not want to expose them to the dangers of COVID,” he said.

On Thursday, the Louisiana Department of Health reported an additional 2,052 …

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