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Pandemic threatens to ruin Thanksgiving for Coloradans, visitors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- With three weeks remaining until Thanksgiving, state and local leaders are asking people to limit contact with others during the next few weeks to help slow the ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases.

Gov. Jared Polis, in a media briefing Thursday, did not specifically mention Thanksgiving or say that people shouldn't celebrate it. However...

"We need to see (fewer) people, as difficult as that might be, for the next month," he said. "This is a wake-up call. Here's what we're asking Coloradans to do for the month of November. Interact only with members of your own household. That means do your best to avoid social interactions with friends. Avoid house parties. Avoid going out with others, or people who don't live in your home."

Polis also continues to emphasize the need for people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash and sanitize their hands.

People aren't ignoring that ongoing message, Polis said: Rather, the presidential election and the devastating wildfire season distracted many people from focusing on following health recommendations to avoid contracting or spreading the virus.

"If we make these changes during the month of November, we can be on a better trajectory for the holidays," the governor said. "Tell your friends and family that we need to buckle down and only associate with our household for the next month. Cancel your plans to see people who are not in your household, for the next few weeks."

During Polis' briefing, Dr. Rachel Herlihy, an epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, presented graphics to illustrate the seriousness of the situation.

"The (top two) lines show what will happen if we see less social distancing occur with the holidays, starting at Thanksgiving," she said, adding that the need for beds in hospital intensive care units would far surpass availability.

"We saw that same level of decreased social distancing associated with the Fourth of July and Labor Day," she said. "Our health care system will be at risk if we stay on this current path of disease transmission."

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers also discussed the matter during an interview earlier this week.

"Start thinking about how you can modify your Thanksgiving plans," he said. "Have smaller groups, more nuclear family groups. Informal gatherings are the number-one culprit in this spike."

For those of you reading this article, this is a subject you should think about now in the final weeks before Thanksgiving. Are you willing to cancel holiday travel plans, ask people to not come visit you, or have smaller gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus? Or will you attend a large gathering anyway, and put your Christmas celebration at risk?

Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.

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  1. It’s not going to impact our Thanksgiving in the least. We’re going to have a large gathering of family and friends and do was we please. Queen Schutz can GFY.

      1. Thanks for demonstrating that you’re a brainless sheep for the micro-portion of the population that didn’t know that already.

      2. My body, my choice. You can stay home and wear your PPE- your choice. You approve of killing babies that have no choice so you have no voice anymore in giving me your opinion! Please change your name to HypocritRealityCheck, it suits you better.

        1. Oh dear my spelling is off on hypocrite! I just noticed that. Good thing RealityCheck is smart enough to still understand.

      3. It’s because it a VIRUS, let me repeat – a virus. Like the hundreds of other VIRUSES humans deal with everyday. Viruses do what viruses do. It’s a Virus with 99.5 % survival rate. That’s not a pandemic!

  2. Sounds to me like Realitycheck is the only one here with common sense you others are Trumps brainless sheep cuz stuffs gonna get shut down again as people can’t follow simple guidelines to slow this virus whether you survive it is not the point but hospitals will get overrun and I’m sure this won’t lower health insurance costs in the future

  3. we are gathering at my house to .This has been a terrible year started with covid and then even worse Biden becomes president .and his side kick kamala trying to get the knee stains out

  4. Just because the media says something doesn’t mean that it is true. It was the media, and the media alone, that claimed Biden was the winner, which we all know a winner has yet to be determined.

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