Small gatherings part of coronavirus surge in several counties, health officials say

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but what are people doing for the holidays this year?

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 9:14 AM
Updated: Nov 17, 2020 11:20 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but what are people doing for the holidays this year?

Daniel Duart has worked at Trader Joe's in Chico since it opened in 2005.

He and many of the employees he works with noticed a shift in how people are celebrating the holidays this year, saying, "It's definitely mixed. I'd say most people are saying small gatherings and some people are saying no gatherings at all. So, in general, I think it's going to be a much smaller holiday and we are just going to need to figure out Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s this year with a different set of guidelines."

But how significant are gatherings to the spread of the virus?

We spoke with Russ Brown, a spokesperson for Yuba County, about the side effects the upcoming holidays can have on the community.

"Social gatherings are describing the high numbers. We are seeing a lot of very large numbers coming out of those kinds of gatherings. Some are celebratory like weddings and such but a lot of them are just extended families getting together." He continued, "Just because they are family members but they are outside of your family doesn't mean it's magic...doesn't mean they are going to come in and not have something like the virus."

Why are these gatherings important to keep an eye on?

Brown said, "It is very important that we pay attention to these gatherings. These gatherings are actually more important to watch than what's going on at work right now because it's easier to bring in COVID-19 to the workplace than it is for the workplace to bring it home."

Brown is also urging people wanting to celebrate to do so outdoors or virtually. For more data on coronavirus cases in the state and in your county, click here.

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