No Thanksgiving gatherings with non-household members, Cuyahoga County health director recommends –

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County residents should not celebrate Thanksgiving with anyone outside of their immediate household, Board of Health Director Terry Allan recommended on Friday.

County residents should limit Thanksgiving gatherings to only spouses, or children or other relatives who share a home, and they should also avoid any Thanksgiving-related travel, County Executive Armond Budish said during the same media briefing.

“There will be time for us to celebrate when this is over and it’ll be a great celebration, but now is not the time,” Allan said.

Rather than traditional Thanksgiving get-togethers, Allan recommended alternative ways to celebrate the holiday: Use video-calling to connect. Wait until another time to celebrate. Drop off food at the doors of relatives, neighbors or friends, but don’t gather inside.

The recommendations come at a time when Cuyahoga County, most other Ohio counties, and much of the country are seeing record spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Cuyahoga County on Friday hit a total of 27,591 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to state data. That’s an increase of 4,185 new cases since last Friday.