Dr. Dobbs urges small, local and outdoors Thanksgiving celebrations

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As both COVID-19 caseand hospitalization numbers rapidly rise, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs sent out a tweet on Monday, urging Mississippians to keep their Thanksgiving celebrations small, local and outdoors.

In a recent radio interview, Dobbs went into further detail regarding why he is pleading with people to forego what their typical Thanksgiving might look like.

I really hate that were having to have this conversation around Thanksgiving, because we have had such a hard year and we need a break and we want to be with our families, the medical expert said. But, if we think about how Thanksgiving works, we all get together with the ones that we loveWe mix young folks with old folks, and thats really going to be powder keg concern right there.

While people within the 30-39 age group are still leading the state in most cases, individuals older than 65 have less than a one in ten shot of surviving if diagnosed with COVID-19, according to Dobbs.

Of people diagnosed with COVID, if youre older than 65, you have a 12 percent chance of dying based on historical trends, he explained.

Currently, the entire country is in the midst of the worst surge of the virus since the onset of the pandemic. Just three days ago, the United States reported its one-day record of 192,805 cases.

For safety tips going into Thursday, click here.

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