Medical professionals write letter urging Oregonians to celebrate Thanksgiving safely

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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: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5060048

Reported Deaths: 74129
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152429427102
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581500
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
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Sierra2170
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