Governor Eric Holcomb gives COVID-19 update on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Indianapolis Star

Gov. Eric Holcomb joined a bipartisan group of six other governors urging Americans to stay home this Thanksgiving.

In an opinion piece published by The Washington Post, the group urged families to do their part to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19 this holiday. It urges people to reconsider plans to spend Thanksgiving with people outside their household.

“As hard as it will be to not see them this Thanksgiving, imagine how much harder it would be if their chairs are empty next year,” the opinion piece says.

The Indiana governor joined fellow Republican Mike DeWine of Ohio and five Democrats: Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tim Walz of Minnesota, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andy Beshear of Kentucky.

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While Holcomb announced new restrictions last week, many of the other governors have placed stricter rules in their states. Kentucky recently canceled all in-person instruction at K-12 schools. Ohio has a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for three weeks. Michigan put a pause on eat-in dining.

“We must make short-term sacrifices for our long-term health,” the opinion piece says. “None of us wants the guilt of gathering and unwittingly spreading this virus to someone we love. As you consider your options for next week, we urge you to make the hard choices because they will ultimately be the right choices.”

Holcomb entered quarantine this week after members of his security detail tested positive. DeWine had his own scare with the virus in August, when he received positive and negative tests on the same day. In all, five governors have tested positive, according to the Associated Press.

The Midwest and upper plains states have felt the brunt of the fall surge of COVID-19.

Wisconsin and Illinois have the fourth and fifth most deaths per 100,000 people in the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indiana’s per capita deaths fall behind 10 other states in the same span.

Minnesota has the fifth-most cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days, the CDC data show. Indiana’s per capita cases fall behind 11 other states in that span.

Reducing these numbers require collective action, the governors write.

“Whether you’re a Wolverine, a Hoosier or a Badger, you have a role to play.”

Contact IndyStar transportation reporter Ethan May at [email protected] or 317-402-1058. Follow him on Twitter: @EthanMayJ.

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