Public Health: Don’t attend Thanksgiving gatherings outside your household

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County urged residents not to attend Thanksgiving gatherings outside their own individual households to reduce the spread of COVID-19 this week.

The announcement came as the health department and other local leaders provided an update on COVID-19.

Last week, the board issued a stay at home health advisory for Montgomery County.

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The following announcements were made this morning:

  • Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper said Montgomery County is seeing rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout all communities in the county. The county is seeing a rolling 7-day average of 366 new cases per day.
  • Cooper said the county saw a huge increase in cases following Halloween and there are concerns that if that happens again around Thanksgiving that the county might see a huge increase following Thursday’s holiday.
  • Public Health says they are urging people in the county not to attend any Thanksgiving gatherings that involve people outside your own household. “It’s ultimately about protecting others,” Cooper said.
  • COVID-19 deaths are the 6th leading cause of death among people in Montgomery County, Cooper said.
  • Cooper said if Montgomery County were to go purple Level 4 he anticipates following the lead of other counties that are in the same level. Cooper said they do not want to do any additional restrictions on businesses, but will consult with the state health department. “We aren’t there yet,” Cooper said.
  • Commissioner Judy Dodge said our area hospitals won’t be able to handle the recent COVID-19 case load for long.
  • Shannon Cox, Superintendent with Montgomery County Educational Services Center, said that schools are not the super spreaders of the virus, because the protocols are very strict. She said that the community spread is causing tremendous staffing shortages for teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other school jobs.
  • Hospitalizations in the Dayton region have doubled in three weeks, said Lisa Henderson with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association.
  • Dr. Michael Dohn, medical director for Public Health, said he believes that healthcare workers will be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine when its approved by the FDA.