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State expects to see rise in COVID-19 cases 2-3 weeks after Thanksgiving

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 15:40:50-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the state expects to see an increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks due to people traveling for the holidays.

While it's not clear how many people in Michigan traveled over the holiday season, TSA screened 1.2 million passengers across the country on Sunday, the highest since March 16.

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"Too many people traveled for Thanksgiving," Whitmer said.

MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said that any increases in cases due to gatherings on Thanksgiving will not show up in the state data for two to three weeks.

Khaldun did urge anyone who gathered or traveled on Thanksgiving to try and stay away from other people not in their household for 14 days, and wear a mask when you go out.

Also, she said people should keep in touch with anyone they interacted with over the break, and if you or anyone you know becomes ill, to isolate and get tested as quickly as possible.

The state is seeing a decline in cases over the past seven to 15 days, accoding to the state, and the case rate is declining as well, now at 608 cases per million people.

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