States are re-implementing restrictions on businesses and social life to curb infection numbers.
Here’s a quick roundup, per Morning Brew:
- New York City, home to the country’s largest public school district, ordered schools to close for in-person learning as of this morning, citing a 3% positive test threshold.
- Ohio announced a three-week curfew from 10pm to 5am starting today.
- New Mexicans have been told to shelter in place for two weeks because of what Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called a “life-or-death situation.”
- California reimposed tight restrictions on 94% of its population.
- Washington, Michigan, and other states have halted indoor dining. So have cities like Philadelphia.
- Iowa was among some Republican-led states that did a 180 on mask mandates.
- New Orleans said it wouldn’t host parades next Mardi Gras season for the first time in 42 years.
Can I visit my family for the holidays?
BuzzFeed News asked coronavirus experts about their plans for the holidays during the pandemic as the season arrives, with Americans contemplating Thanksgiving recipes and putting together gift lists at one of the worst points so far.
“Whatever you do, whoever you invite to sit around the table, you’re also inviting the virus,” experts warn. With more people in the US are now in the hospital with COVID-19 than ever before as the country climbs over 10 million recorded cases during its third wave, people are still planning on hosting social gatherings in their homes with people they don’t live with, or who are outside of their “quarantine bubble,” leading to more infections.
“We know we’re going to get cases after Thanksgiving,” Amesh Adalja, infectious diseases physician and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told BuzzFeed News. “It’s just a question of trying to keep them as minimal as possible.”
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said this week he recognized Thanksgiving was an important holiday for many people, but that Americans need to weigh the risk of unwittingly killing someone they love, especially if there are elderly or immunocompromised people in their families. “Make your own decision,” he told MSNBC. “What kind of risk are you willing to take?”