Hospital official: Limit Thanksgiving crowd to curb COVID

Posted at 7:41 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 21:41:48-05

A top official of Arizona's largest hospital chain is urging residents to help curb the spread of the coronavirus by considering alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving get-togethers.

Dr. Marjorie Bessel of Banner Health acknowledged Saturday that's “asking a lot" but she said congregating in large groups and close contact with people outside of immediate households puts people at risk.

The state on Saturday reported 2,621 new COVID-19 cases and 33 additional deaths Cases and hospitalizations have been steadily increasing in Arizona since late September and throughout October.

Arizona was a national hot spot in June and July.