Possible Surge Caused by Thanksgiving
December 07, 2020
An article published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, written by J. Scott Trubey titled, Georgia Stuck in COVID-19 Red Zone, but Uneven Reporting Clouds Picture
stated that Georgia reported one if its heaviest days ever of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, December 2nd, as labs and other providers are continuing to sort out a backlog of tests coming from Thanksgiving week. Regardless, public health officials say it is still too soon to exactly know the kind of impact Thanksgiving gatherings and travel might have had on Georgia.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the state's top doctor, urged everyone to re-think having large social gatherings, shift to virtual celebrations or move holiday meals outdoors while practicing social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts, however, feared Thanksgiving and the risk for a massive spread in cases has been rising since as early as October. The summer surge that saw cases spike through June and July was caused by Memorial Day weekend. Experts warn that if people were not cautious and did not follow public health guidelines over the Thanksgiving weekend, it was possible another surge could follow.
Reports show Georgia is ranked 48th out of the 50 states for the rate of new cases that ended Friday, November 27th, which remained unchanged for the past three weeks. As of December 2nd, Georgia has reported 428,980 confirmed cases and 53,159 antigen-positive cases. The article states that if you are under the age of 40 and held social gatherings beyond your household, you need to assume you became infected during the Thanksgiving period.
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