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Medical professionals around Oregon are asking urging people again not to gather to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 9:15 AM
Updated: Nov 24, 2020 9:16 AM

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -- Medical professionals around Oregon are asking urging people again not to gather to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

The Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems teamed together to write a letter, warning people to celebrate safely.

“People have COVID fatigue, they want to take off their masks, they want to have those family gatherings. And that’s the worst thing you could do,” said Lynda Pond, president of the Oregon Nurses Association and a practicing nurse.

The healthcare community is begging Oregonians to take advantage of technology like Skype and FaceTime to celebrate with their loved ones.

“It’s irresponsible not to do that,” Pond said.

Healthcare professionals say hospitals are filling up quickly. They soon worry that ICUs could become overrun by COVID-19 patients.

“This actually might take the place for other ICU care, like acute heart attacks and acute strokes and what do we do with other acute illnesses that need those same ICU beds,” said Kevin Ewanchyna, president of the Oregon Medical Association.

The letter also points out the toll that this pandemic is taking on healthcare workers that are on the frontlines of this virus daily.

“We can’t get away from it. It’s on our mind front and center. We wake up thinking about coronavirus and we go to bed thinking about coronavirus,” said Ewanchyna.

The letter said it is begging Oregonians to follow public health guidelines like wearing a mask, social distancing, and not celebrating Thanksgiving with people outside your household this year. They say they don’t want this holiday to be anyone’s last.

“I go to my family gathering and my 91-year-old dad’s there and I’ve been exposed and don’t know I’m carrying the virus and I give it to my dad, I could potentially be responsible for his death. I don’t want that on my shoulders and no one else in the state should want that on their shoulders,” Pond said.

OMA says it wants to remind people that the guidelines are based in science. It says that science has changed since March, and masks and social distancing are the best guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 156287

Reported Deaths: 2252
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31935542
Washington21311212
Marion18541285
Clackamas13426183
Lane10325129
Jackson8489114
Umatilla767882
Deschutes597561
Yamhill379168
Linn360157
Malheur335358
Polk307343
Klamath279855
Douglas252755
Josephine236553
Benton234817
Jefferson196628
Coos152420
Union129519
Columbia127421
Wasco122126
Lincoln113620
Hood River106929
Morrow104914
Clatsop7776
Crook77618
Baker6639
Curry4296
Tillamook4212
Lake3786
Harney2776
Grant2251
Wallowa1425
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3582320

Reported Deaths: 53083
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119601721676
Riverside2904983849
San Bernardino2870552959
Orange2617983966
San Diego2613533342
Santa Clara1110761798
Kern103756915
Fresno957851451
Sacramento937901498
Alameda809501271
Ventura77952870
San Joaquin671231150
Contra Costa62931695
Stanislaus56433953
Tulare48114768
Monterey42335329
San Mateo39148521
San Francisco34387422
Santa Barbara32147420
Solano30216165
Merced29264407
Sonoma28261301
Imperial26926638
Kings22091220
Placer19911232
San Luis Obispo19751238
Madera15523214
Santa Cruz14736183
Marin13285198
Yolo12867185
Shasta11054179
Butte11007167
El Dorado9195100
Napa908072
Sutter889998
Yuba577638
San Benito577061
Lassen562324
Tehama510452
Nevada398874
Tuolumne396659
Mendocino382643
Amador347441
Humboldt323033
Lake316941
Glenn223223
Colusa214013
Calaveras191849
Siskiyou178414
Inyo132137
Mono12144
Del Norte10085
Plumas6536
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
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