When it comes to Thanksgiving, be ye thankful from afar.
That’s the advice from Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health as we head into the long weekend.
Dr. David Colby is asking people to keep their distance from others.
It’s not the time to be getting together with anyone outside the bubble of your immediate family, the medical officer warns.
“Nobody cherishes family time more than I do,” Colby adds, but “this is not the year, particularly if people are not feeling well.”
There’s concern that visitors travelling from outside Chatham-Kent may bring the unwelcome virus with them.
Ontario is currently in the throes of the pandemic's second wave with serious outbreaks occurring in three densely-populated urban areas.
Scientific modelling suggests the number of cases in the province per day could rise to 1,000 by mid October.
Don't take chances, Colby adds, adding people sometimes fluff off what could be COVID-19 symptoms, and basically just hope for the best.
It’s a bad idea, he says, as the majority of novel coronavirus outbreaks can be directly traced to transmission from a close contact.
Colby says sharing a meal indoors raises the risk of spreading COVID-19, so he’s recommending extra precautions and added hygiene.
And if possible, consider hosting Thanksgiving festivities outdoors.
“It’s much less hazardous to be outside,” the doctor explains.
Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald