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Wisconsin health secretary: Scrap Thanksgiving gatherings

DHS Sec. Andrea Palm
Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 21:24:09-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ secretary is warning people to scrap any plans for Thanksgiving gatherings as COVID-19 surges across the state.

DHS Secretary Andrea Palm said during a teleconference with reporters Tuesday that people should limit Thanksgiving dinners to people within their households.

Gov. Tony Evers said during the teleconference that people should plan to watch the University of Wisconsin’s football opener against Illinois on Friday alone at home.

DHS reported an additional 4,591 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 178,482 cases. The department said the disease was at least a factor in another 33 deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 1,633.

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