More than 3,100 people were fed at The Love Feast at the Rome Civic Center last Thanksgiving Day. The event is continuing this year but with pandemic precautions including a decision to go take-out only. Deliveries also are planned. The hours are 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or the food runs out.
Donations are being accepted including takeout trays, foil, plates and desserts (cakes, pies, etc.) Also, the annual dropoff of slightly used coats and sweaters continues. All are welcome on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 6 until 9 p.m. Cash donations also are accepted via the Cash App; look for $lovefeast1987.
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What the CDC says about Thanksgiving: This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. The COVID-19 epidemic is worsening, and small household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you. People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.
There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 at small in-person gatherings. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk:
- Community levels of COVID-19 – High or increasing levels of COVID-19 cases in the gathering location, as well as in the areas where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.
- Exposure during travel – Airports, bus stations, train stations, public transport, gas stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces.
- Location of the gathering – Indoor gatherings, especially those with poor ventilation (for example, small enclosed spaces with no outside air), pose more risk than outdoor gatherings.
- Duration of the gathering – Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings. Being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more greatly increases the risk of becoming sick and requires a 14-day quarantine.
- Number and crowding of people at the gathering – Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. CDC does not have a limit or recommend a specific number of attendees for gatherings. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability of attendees from different households to stay 6 feet (2 arm lengths) apart, wear masks, wash hands, and follow state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.
- Behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering – Individuals who did not consistently adhere to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, handwashing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than those who consistently practiced these safety measures.
- Behaviors of attendees during the gathering – Gatherings with more safety measures in place, such as mask wearing, social distancing, and handwashing, pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented. Use of alcohol or drugs may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.
Hitting the couch, not the road: AAA Travel reports Thanksgiving will be on the lighter side when it comes to the typical number of people on the roads and at airports. The reason: The COVID-19 pandemic, including health concerns, and high unemployment. With health and government officials stressing that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick, AAA anticipates at least a 10% drop in travel – the largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008.
AAA projects 50 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving. In Georgia, the expectation is 1.6 million travelers. However, these figures could be even lower as Americans monitor the public health landscape, including rising COVID-19 positive case numbers, renewed quarantine restrictions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel health notices.
Says Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The CDC says staying home is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19. For those who still decide to travel, we urge you to take every precaution possible to protect yourself and others.”
A different type of parade: NBC’s Today show reports the The 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. – noon in all time zones on NBC. Telemundo will simulcast the parade in Spanish. There’ll be an encore presentation from 2-5 p.m. Plus, Macy’s, NBCUniversal (TODAY’s parent company) and Verizon are providing a livestream from the streets of Manhattan with personalized messages and co-viewing experiences, which kicks off at 8:30 a.m. EST on Verizon’s Twitter feed and YouTube platforms. Though the procession is skipping the usual 2.5-mile route down the streets of Manhattan this year to avoid large crowds, most of the usual lineup of 45 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; and 12 performance and marching ensembles are in place to perform.