As a result, some officials believe the tri-state area could see an increase in cases throughout the New Year, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported.
Millions of Americans have traveled against the advice of public health officials and the results could mean even more infections in the weeks to come.
The out-of-control pandemic has made it possible for many people to stay in their homes over the holiday weekend. Still, travelers took to the highways and airs to return home for Thanksgiving.
“Seeing the family is always worth it. Seeing my sister, since I hadn’t seen her since she was pregnant, and probably won’t do it again until the baby is here, with everything, it was so worth it, “said Kyle Collop of ‘Astoria.
“Every place we went, everything was taken care of. So I felt as safe as possible. And I didn’t want to miss Thanksgiving with my family, ”added Ethel Epstein of Rockland County.
All travel likely means COVID-19 cases will rise again.
“We saw what happened after Memorial Day. Now we are deeply concerned about what might happen after Thanksgiving because the number of cases, 25,000 versus 180,000 per day, is where… this is where we are deeply concerned, ”said Dr Deborah Birx , Coronavirus Response Coordinator at the White House.
New York State’s positivity rate fell from 3.9% to 4.27%. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was the highest level since May, adding it would get worse ahead of the New Year.
“You’re in the holiday season and it’s an increased social activity, and that means an increased infection rate,” Cuomo said. “You’re going to see the rate increase during the holiday season, which ends after the new year.”
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In New Jersey, the positivity rate is over 10%. The state’s largest city, Newark, remains under a lockdown notice.
Mayor Ras Baraka said the restrictions are working, but in the hard-hit neighborhood in the Ironbound section, the positivity rate hovers around 40%.
“We are going in the right direction. We must continue, remain vigilant. Keep fighting, keep pushing, hold the line and bring those numbers down, ”Baraka said.
Health officials say if you’ve traveled for Thanksgiving and attended large gatherings, you should assume you’ve been infected with coronavirus and get tested.
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