(ETH) – If you live in Chicago it’s time to cancel your Thanksgiving plans. That’s because the Mayor there has not only issued a stay-at-home “advisory” he also implemented new gathering limitations and has warned residents to avoid large family gatherings for Thanksgiving.
“You must cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday. “Particularly if they include guests that do not live in your immediate household.” This new warning comes as City officials have warned that at their current rate, cases of coronavirus are doubling every 12 days, with the current average of 2,000 cases per day.
This means according to the projections, by Thanksgiving, the city could see 4,000 new cases coming in each day. “We’re not set up for this level of outbreak,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said. “And if you look at that curve, there’s been no sign yet of it slowing down.”
Officials are warning that Chicago is on track to see 1,000 additional coronavirus deaths, and even possibly more, by the end of the year if changes aren’t made to slow the spread of the deadly virus. Meanwhile, it also being reported that five trailers from the Federal Emergency Management Administration have been brought to El Paso,
Texas to help accommodate the surge of COVID-19 fatalities in the border city along with the Texas Funeral Service Commission has also been asked to send representatives to make an assessment of the needs of the area’s funeral homes and mortuaries. CBS DFW, stated: “1,920 new cases of the coronavirus that causes the disease was reported in the county Thursday, a significant increase from the 1,537 new cases reported Wednesday, Mayor Dee Margo said.”