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CDC discourages travel; Thanksgiving parades go virtual

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The U.S. death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 250,000, including 1,700 reported Wednesday alone. Hospitalizations across the nation have exploded, with almost 80,000 Americans now receiving inpatient treatment.

Happy Thanksgiving? Not so much.

New York canceled its massive Thanksgiving Day parade weeks ago. Houston followed suit and Detroit is planning a virtual event as well.

Many universities are urging students not to go home for the holidays, concerned about igniting a nationwide burst of new cases. Some schools are suggesting that students that do go home not come back, fearing an outbreak of infections on campus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chimed in Thursday, recommending Americans simply not travel for the holiday. 

“The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members is coming to this family gathering and they could end up severely ill, hospitalized or dying,” said Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager. “We don’t want that to happen.”

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 11.5 million cases and more than 250,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 56.4 million cases and 1.35 million deaths.

🗺️ Mapping coronavirus: Track the U.S. outbreak in your state.

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Three days after 94% of California’s population was moved into the state’s strictest tier of coronavirus restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a 10 p.m. curfew Thursday for that same group, encompassing 41 counties.

The curfew, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., begins Saturday and will last a month, Newsom said via Twitter, calling the move a “limited Stay at Home Order” that covers gatherings and non-essential work. 

Coronavirus cases have doubled in the last 10 days across California, which became the second state to record 1 million COVID-19 cases last week.  

Detroit Thanksgiving Day parade will go virtual

Detroit’s top public health official on Thursday scuttled any plans for a live downtown performance for the city’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Denise Fair, chief public health officer for the Detroit Health Department, determined that a parade of 800 participants and 22 floats would violate Michigan’s recent public health restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 25 people. Parade organizer Tony Michaels said there had been no expectation of a live audience and that a “virtual” parade will be available for TV viewers Thanksgiving morning.

“The format continues to evolve in this unprecedented time,” Michaels

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CDC discourages travel; Thanksgiving parades go virtual; universities urge students not to go home for holiday

The U.S. death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 250,000, including 1,700 reported Wednesday alone. Hospitalizations across the nation have exploded, with almost 80,000 Americans now receiving inpatient treatment.

COVID-19 has now killed a quarter of a million Americans

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Happy Thanksgiving? Not so much.

New York canceled its massive Thanksgiving Day parade weeks ago. Houston followed suit and Detroit is planning a virtual event as well.

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Many universities are urging students not to go home for the holidays, concerned about igniting a nationwide burst of new cases. Some schools are suggesting that students that do go home not come back, fearing an outbreak of infections on campus.



a person sitting in a chair: Holidays are usually for gatherings, but many get-togethers are complicated or canceled because of COVID-19.


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Holidays are usually for gatherings, but many get-togethers are complicated or canceled because of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chimed in Thursday, recommending Americans simply not travel for the holiday. 

“The tragedy that could happen is that one of your family members is coming to this family gathering and they could end up severely ill, hospitalized or dying,” said Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager. “We don’t want that to happen.”

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 11.5 million cases and more than 250,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 56.4 million cases and 1.35 million deaths.

🗺️ Mapping coronavirus: Track the U.S. outbreak in your state.

This file will be updated throughout the day. For updates in your inbox, subscribe to The Daily Briefing newsletter.

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