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Medical Society of Delaware echoes state guidance on Thanksgiving COVID precautions

Sophia Schmidt
Delaware Public Media

The Medical Society of Delaware is backing up state guidance on best practices for spending Thanksgiving with loved ones during a pandemic.Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday he is restricting in-home gatherings to no more than 10 people starting Monday morning. And State Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay recommended only eating Thanksgiving Dinner with people in your own household.

Medical Society President Dr. Joseph Straight sent out similar guidance to First State physicians and medical staff. He says medical workers in Delaware are starting to feel the effects of the recent spike in cases locally.

“Physicians and nurse practitioners and other providers in the offices can talk to their staff and make them aware. ‘Hey listen, have a great holiday, but also be safe,’” said Straight. “We want them to be able to come back to work, we don’t want to lose the workforce, because right it’s been tough. There’ve been higher cases in our workforces”    

Straight advises those who do decide to visit family to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. He adds those who get tested before going to their turkey dinner will make themselves and others at the table safer.

“With testing it would probably be smart that prior to going that you make sure that if you’re going to be in a large group, you're able to at least be safe for those people that are going to be around you,” he said. “If you’re found to be negative, it’s a little bit more safe to be around a little bit more people in a group.”

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