Doctors advise Ohioans to use caution ahead of Thanksgiving gatherings

Posted at 10:43 PM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-17 23:15:42-05

CLEVELAND — This time last year hospitals were packed, and Gov. Mike DeWine warned Ohioans about the possibility of another shutdown. Twelve months later, things are different. People are out and businesses are open, but doctor's still advise everyone to take precautions.

"It feels very good,” said Tony Sabol. “I’ve been vaccinated with shots and the boosters, I think everybody in the family has as well.”

Wednesday evening, several individuals discussed their plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

“We usually have Thanksgiving dinner at our house every year for the last 30 years, but we didn't do that last year,” said Sabol. “This year we’ll have 15 to 18 people over.”

“This year we are thinking about all getting together since we’re all vaccinated but we’re not going to invite a lot of people, not the whole family,” said Ava Preston.

While many Americans couldn’t travel from state to state, there were some individuals who lived in the U.S. but couldn’t travel overseas to their home country, like Caroline Tait.

“I’m very excited because this is the first time in two years that I’ve been able to go home,” said Tait. “I’m actually flying to the U.K. on Thanksgiving.”

Tait will be among the many traveling by plane, train or automobile for the holiday.

Ohio reported more than 6,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Less than 55% of Ohioans are fully vaccinated and only about 20% of fully-vaccinated Ohioans have gotten a booster shot.

Doctor advise individuals to proceed with caution, and that caution isn’t "one size fits all."

“Low risk individuals who are not vaccinated should use caution,” said Dr. Keith Armitage. “But high-risk individuals who aren't vaccinated, I would be very reluctant to engage in big holiday gatherings. I think that would put them at high risk.”

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