Yes, Californians Should Be Worried About Thanksgiving, Too

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Image Rachel Thorlund, manager at the Den Cafe in Santa Ana, clearing an outdoor table on Tuesday following reimposed restrictions on indoor dining in Orange County.Credit…Patrick T. Fallon/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesGood morning.For the past week or so, I’d been wondering when or if another significant lockdown was coming amid a frightening rise in coronavirus cases. So on Monday morning, I called up Dr. Bob Wachter, a professor and chair of the University of California, San Francisco’s department of medicine, to weigh in on whether it would be warranted.[Read about California’s move to “pull the emergency brake” on reopening.]By the end of the day, those questions had been answered: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a major reopening rollback — a move Dr. Wachter told me he saw as a reasonable step.But it was one move in broad efforts to head off what officials have been warning for weeks could be a catastrophic holiday season.I asked Dr. Wachter more about what’s on his mind now. Here are excerpts from our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity:First, tell me about what you’re tracking most closely in California.The state of …

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