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Nevadans changing Thanksgiving plans with CDC urging do not travel

Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-22 22:43:47-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The CDC recommends that Americans not travel over the Thanksgiving holiday due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.

Thursday's announcement came after Clark County registered more than 100,000 cases overall with Nevada reporting a daily positivity rate of 15.6%

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The announcements have left many with holiday questions and AAA Nevada predicted that holiday travel was already expected to be down by at least 10% nationwide compared with 2019.

"That means the most significant decrease in travel on Thanksgiving since the 2008 Great Recession," said Sergio Avila, a spokesperson with AAA Nevada.

CDC recommends Americans do not travel for Thanksgiving

Local Ruth Furman told 13 Action News that she was planning on traveling to Indiana to celebrate Thanksgiving and her mom's birthday. However, those plans have been canceled.

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"I had a plan figured out to be really smart and safe, but then I realized that it just wasn't a good idea to leave town right now," Furman said.

Several 13 Action News viewers said their holiday travel plans have also changed during the pandemic.

More information on the CDC Thanksgiving guidelines can be viewed here.