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COVID New York: Concerns high with busiest travel day expected Sunday

NEW YORK (WABC) — Sunday could be the busiest travel day since the coronavirus pandemic began, causing concern for local leaders and health officials.

The majority of travelers will be heading home from the Thanksgiving holiday and that means another very busy day for airports among COVID concerns.

Nationwide, 6 million people flew to a destination for Thanksgiving.

The Port Authority reported half a million people passing through their airports and reported screening more than 800,000 people on Friday alone.

Even so that’s a decrease of more than 70% compared to the same five-day period last year when more than 1.7 million air travelers passed through Port Authority’s facilities.

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While masks were required, social distancing on airplanes and through security lines was very tough to do.

That could potentially assist rising COVID rates in New York and around the country.

This comes as the state’s rolling positivity rate is just shy of 4%, but given the increased out of state travel a further spike is expected.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has required all people coming back from holiday travel to quarantine for three days until they can get tested.

Of course a test was required before they left, however, officials are still expecting a further spike in numbers with all the post-Thanksgiving weekend travel.

If you are flying back into New York’s airports on Sunday, you may find the National Guard waiting for you.

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New York state is requiring all travelers coming in to fill out contract tracing forms upon landing at your destination and where you plan to quarantine or face up to $10,000 in fines.

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U.S. Airports See Busiest Travel Day Since March

More than 1 million travelers were screened at U.S. airports Wednesday, marking the busiest air-travel day since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a tweet that TSA officers screened 1,070,967 passengers. It was the fourth time since March 16 that more than 1 million people passed through U.S. airports. Two of those million-plus days were recorded last weekend, as holiday travel started in earnest.

As many as 50 million people were expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that people should stay home to help stem the spread of Covid-19, according to an AAA survey conducted before the last CDC warning.

AAA estimated that travel would be down about 10% compared to last year, though air travel was predicted to drop by roughly 47.5%.

Some air travelers said they knew there were risks to travel, but were planning to take precautions to keep themselves safe.

“It is scary,” 18-year-old Ishaan Bhakker, from India, says about flying. “There’s a chance of infection, but I guess you just gotta do all that you can to stay safe yourself, like wear a mask and don’t touch any shared surfaces.”

Alicia Jauregui, of San Jose, Calif., said she and her family were planning to skip their usual big family gathering and instead would drive to visit an uncle who was going to be alone.

“There’s so much conflicting information. You don’t know what to believe, what not to believe,” Ms. Jauregui said. “You just kinda got to follow the rules.”

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TSA records its busiest travel weekend since March

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recorded its highest number of weekend passengers since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, with over 3 million people traveling in the past three days. The surge comes despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance advising against Thanksgiving travel because of mounting covid-19 cases across the nation.



a person standing in front of a building: Travelers walk through Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.


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Travelers walk through Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.

Sunday was the busiest travel day since the beginning of the pandemic in March, according to TSA spokesman Daniel Velez, with 1,047,934 passengers. TSA screenings surpassed a now-rare amount of 1 million screenings on both Friday and Sunday; Friday was a slightly lower travel day with 1,019,836 travelers screened. On Saturday, TSA saw 984,369 travelers.

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The new peak comes as U.S. coronavirus cases have also hit a new high, and just in time for Thanksgiving week — which typically brings the busiest travel day of the year on Wednesday. In the past week, daily new coronavirus cases in the United States surged by nearly 14 percent, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a firm stance last week: “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

Before this past weekend, passenger levels at U.S. airports had surpassed 1 million passengers once in October.

“TSA has been diligent in our efforts to ensure checkpoints are clean, safe and healthy for frontline workers and airline passengers, implementing new protocols and deploying state-of-the-art technologies that improve security and reduce physical contact,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a news release at that time.

Now, with U.S. infection levels higher than they were in the early days of the pandemic, many states are implementing stay-at-home orders or tightening their entry restrictions ahead of the holiday travel season to require quarantines or coronavirus testing.

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Thanksgiving travel: TSA records busiest weekend since March

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recorded its highest number of weekend passengers since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, with over 3 million people traveling in the past three days. The surge comes despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance advising against Thanksgiving travel because of mounting covid-19 cases across the nation.

Sunday was the busiest travel day since the beginning of the pandemic in March, according to TSA spokesman Daniel Velez, with 1,047,934 passengers. TSA screenings surpassed a now-rare amount of 1 million screenings on both Friday and Sunday; Friday was a slightly lower travel day with 1,019,836 travelers screened. On Saturday, TSA saw 984,369 travelers.

The new peak comes as U.S. coronavirus cases have also hit a new high, and just in time for Thanksgiving week — which typically brings the busiest travel day of the year on Wednesday. In the past week, daily new coronavirus cases in the United States surged by nearly 14 percent, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a firm stance last week: “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

Before this past weekend, passenger levels at U.S. airports had surpassed 1 million passengers once in October.

“TSA has been diligent in our efforts to ensure checkpoints are clean, safe and healthy for frontline workers and airline passengers, implementing new protocols and deploying state-of-the-art technologies that improve security and reduce physical contact,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a news release at that time.

Now, with U.S. infection levels higher than they were in the early days of the pandemic, many states are implementing stay-at-home orders or tightening their entry restrictions ahead of the holiday travel season to require quarantines or coronavirus testing.

Read more:

Canceling holiday flights? These are the latest airline policies.

These 3 tools can help you navigate quarantine and testing policies by state

Why TSA PreCheck is a better idea than ever

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US coroanvirus: Hospitalizations and Covid-19 cases soar as country enters one of the busiest travel weeks of the year

Historically, the week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for travel. But with the US reporting its 20th day in a row of more than 100,000 new cases Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against traveling for the holiday this year to decrease risk of spreading infections.

As new cases spike, hospitalization rates have followed. At least 83,870 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized Sunday — the 13th straight day the US has broken its hospitalization record, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Health experts have long worried that the colder months could drive people indoors, leading to a rise in infection rates. On Friday, the CDC said that 50% of cases are spread by people without symptoms. With just one infected person having the potential to cause an outbreak, experts worry that people traveling and gathering could prove dangerous to the American public that is still in the thick of the pandemic.

State leaders warn against superspreader events

As the pandemic devastates regions across the country, many state leaders are urging residents to follow recommended guidelines.

Oregon reported a record high for three days in a row with 1,517 new cases on Sunday. Gov. Kate Brown ordered a two week “social freeze” on November 18 and warned residents Sunday not to attend large Thanksgiving gatherings.

“Our hospitals are simply too strained for superspreader events,” Brown tweeted.
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In Nevada, cases are rising at “wildfire level,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. He announced new restrictions will begin Tuesday, including a mask mandate indoors and outdoors for residents and visitors, limiting private gatherings to ten people or less and requiring restaurant reservations to be for no more than four people at a table.

El Paso, Texas, has a record number of active cases with 35,963 as of Sunday, according to the El Paso Department of Health. The case load has motivated the Texas National Guard to “provide mortuary support,” County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told CNN affiliate KVIA.

“Right now they’re helping us with the overflow of transporting where the trailers are, trying to get some movement so we don’t have any backup,” Samaniego told KVIA. “We’ve got a lot of loved ones waiting for relatives and moms and dads.”

On Friday, Samaniego sent a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in hopes of reinstating a curfew for El Paso county as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the area.

Promising vaccine developments

Americans likely still have a while to wait for a vaccine, but there are promising developments in the research.

The US Food and Drug Administration has set a meeting December 10 for the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to discuss an emergency use authorization request for a vaccine candidate, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn tweeted on Sunday.

Most coronavirus cases are spread by people without symptoms, CDC now says

“While we can’t predict how long FDA’s review will take, the agency will review the request as expeditiously as possible, while still doing so in a thorough and science-based manner, so that we can help make available a vaccine

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Hospitalizations and Covid-19 cases soar as country enters one of the busiest travel weeks of the year

From surging case numbers to record hospitalizations, the US is grappling with what experts long warned could be the biggest spike in the Covid-19 pandemic — and it still has to get through the Thanksgiving holiday.



a group of people standing in front of a store: Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. - Current US numbers -- more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported -- have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)


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Travelers walk through Newark International Airport on November 21, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. – Current US numbers — more than a quarter of a million deaths have been reported — have alarmed authorities enough to advise that people stay home for the November 26 Thanksgiving holiday, when Americans usually travel to be with their families. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

Historically, the week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for travel. But with the US reporting its 20th day in a row of more than 100,000 new cases Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised against traveling for the holiday this year to decrease risk of spreading infections.

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As new cases spike, hospitalization rates have followed. At least 83,870 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized Sunday — the 13th straight day the US has broken its hospitalization record, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

Still, more than a million people passed through airports on Friday alone, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

While people board airplanes and load cars to visit family, the US has reported a million infections in under a week. Since the pandemic began, more than 12.2 million people have been infected and 256,783 people have died of the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Health experts have long worried that the colder months could drive people indoors, leading to a rise in infection rates. On Friday, the CDC said that 50% of cases are spread by people without symptoms. With just one infected person having the potential to cause an outbreak, experts worry that people traveling and gathering could prove dangerous to the American public that is still in the thick of the pandemic.

State leaders warn against superspreader events

As the pandemic devastates regions across the country, many state leaders are urging residents to follow recommended guidelines.

Oregon reported a record high for three days in a row with 1,517 new cases on Sunday. Gov. Kate Brown ordered a two week “social freeze” on November 18 and warned residents Sunday not to attend large Thanksgiving gatherings.

“Our hospitals are simply too strained for superspreader events,” Brown tweeted.

In Nevada, cases are rising at “wildfire level,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. He announced new restrictions will begin Tuesday, including a mask mandate indoors and outdoors for residents and visitors, limiting private gatherings to ten people or less and requiring restaurant reservations to be for no more than four people at a table.

El Paso, Texas, has a record number of active cases with 35,963 as of Sunday, according to the El Paso Department of Health. The case load has motivated the Texas National Guard to “provide mortuary support,” County Judge Ricardo Samaniego

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