Opinion | Seven governors: Americans need to stay home this Thanksgiving

For eight months, the covid-19 pandemic has devastated American families everywhere. To fight this virus, governors across the country have listened to medical experts and worked around the clock to protect our families, the brave men and women on the front lines, and our small-business owners. No matter the action we take, we understand that our fight against covid-19 will be more effective when we work together.

That is why we, a group of bipartisan governors, are joining forces today to urge families across our region, and Americans everywhere, to do their part to protect themselves and their loved ones from the spread of covid-19. When it comes to fighting this virus, we are all on the same team.

Right now, cases and hospitalizations are skyrocketing in the Midwest and across the country. As the weather gets colder and more people head inside, it will get worse. It is more

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Tips for taking the Thanksgiving Day celebration outdoors

If our glorious weather holds, we’re in for a beautiful Thanksgiving Day. Here are tips for taking your family meal outdoors:

1. Dress your outdoor table just as you would an indoor table. You’ll want to be a little more “last minute,” though, so though you can set up the table and chairs the day before, don’t put dishes, flatware and table linens out until day of.

2. A centerpiece is just as important, and foliage from your yard is perfect. Keep flowers and greenery lower to the table, though, so you can still see and talk to people seated across from you.

3. Dining on a covered veranda is an easy way to go, but if you move the table into grass, be sure to use pieces of wood or small tiles under table legs to keep it level. You don’t want a wobbly table causing wine glasses to

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Chicago Mayor Issues a Stay-at-Home Advisory and Says to ‘Cancel the Normal Thanksgiving Plans’

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Chicago will be under a stay-at-home advisory for at least 30 days, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday, to deal with a soaring number of new COVID-19 cases.

With around 2,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, Chicago is at a tipping point, said Lightfoot during a press conference. She announced that the stay-at-home advisory will begin on Monday, Nov. 16 and go through at least the next month, which includes the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

“While this is tough, of course this whole year has been tough, we must tell you, you must cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans,” Lightfoot said, WGN reported.

RELATED: With COVID Surging ‘We Have to Modify’ Plans This Thanksgiving, Says Infectious Disease Expert

The stay-at-home advisory is not an order, but a recommendation to residents to avoid leaving their homes for anything other than going to work or school, or to get essential medical care, groceries

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How Can My College Student Come Home Safely for Thanksgiving?

Sofia Pelaez, 21, left her Texas A&M University, San Antonio, campus three weeks earlier than planned to travel to her home in League City, Tex., because cases in her dorm were on the rise, but she worried about putting her mother, who has high blood pressure, at risk. “I feel like if something would happen to her, it would be my fault,” said Ms. Pelaez, who is studying psychology and child development.

She did her best to minimize contacts at school, and was tested two days before leaving campus. On the four-hour bus ride home she wore a mask and wiped down her seat. (Fortunately, the bus company kept the seat near her empty.) She even changed her clothes at the bus station after she arrived.

She got tested again in League City and wore a mask at home until she got the negative results. “I am not too worried

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Chicago Mayor Issues Stay-At-Home Advisory, Asks Residents To Cancel Thanksgiving Plans


With Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations rising at an alarming rate, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Thursday the issuance of new restrictions, including a stay-at-home advisory, aimed at stemming the spread of the disease, and also requested that all residents cancel Thanksgiving plans with extended family.

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The stay-at-home advisory is set to begin on Monday and is scheduled to stay in place for at least 30 days.

Lightfoot said at a press conference Thursday that Chicago has reached a “critical point” in the second surge of the

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Chicago issues stay-at-home advisory and tells residents to cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations

Thanksgiving typically means two things: lots of food and lots of family time. But this year, with Covid-19 numbers soaring, the city of Chicago would prefer if its residents nixed the latter.

a skyscraper in a city: Chicago has issued a 30-day stay-at-home advisory as coronavirus cases rise.

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Chicago has issued a 30-day stay-at-home advisory as coronavirus cases rise.

As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in the city, Chicago has issued a stay-at-home advisory — encouraging residents to stay home and only leave for school, work or other essential needs, according to a news release issued Thursday. That includes seeking medical care, grocery shopping and picking up food.


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The order, which begins Monday, extends through Thanksgiving festivities. Residents are “strongly advised” to not have guests in their homes outside of essential workers — even family and close friends.

“Chicago has reached a critical point in the second surge of COVID-19, demanding that we undertake this multi-faceted and comprehensive effort

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A NYC councilman said he’ll defy Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s social-distancing orders to host more than 10 people in his home for Thanksgiving

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  • New York City councilman Joe Borelli said he will defy Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new COVID-19 restrictions, with plans to host more than 10 people at his home for Thanksgiving. 
  • Cuomo rolled out new restrictions on Wednesday to help curb the spread of the virus, as cases throughout New York and the US rise dramatically.
  • On Tuesday, the US had nearly 131,000 new COVID-19 infections, the most cases in a single day since the pandemic began.  
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New York City councilman Joe Borelli said he would invite more than 10 people for Thanksgiving soon after Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed new COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday. 

“I’ll be having more than 10 people at my house on Thanksgiving. My address is public record. Some family will come from (gasp!) New Jersey,” the Republican councilman wrote

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Will college students bring Covid-19 home for Thanksgiving?

Weston Kerekes plans to eat his Thanksgiving dinner alone in his childhood bedroom in Santa Monica, California.

a woman walking down a sidewalk: During the final week of August, the University of South Carolina reported a 26.6% positivity rate among the student population tested for Covid-19.

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During the final week of August, the University of South Carolina reported a 26.6% positivity rate among the student population tested for Covid-19.

If all goes as planned, the Yale University freshman’s quarantine will have followed a tightly choreographed trip from his New Haven, Connecticut, campus to ensure he doesn’t expose his parents to Covid-19.

“He’ll take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before he leaves campus and then he will wear an N95 (mask) and goggles from the moment he steps into the airport,” said Erika Kerekes, his mother, who has asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes. “On the plane he won’t eat or drink anything or use the bathroom.”

a man standing in front of a building: Weston Kerekes, a freshman at Yale University, is taking Covid-19 safety precautions seriously so he can return to his family in Santa Monica, California. He'll eat Thanksgiving dinner quarantined in his bedroom.

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Weston Kerekes, a freshman at Yale University, is taking Covid-19 safety precautions seriously so he can

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