JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Regardless of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s advice to not journey this Thanksgiving as a result of coronavirus, some individuals are hitting the roads or catching a flight to spend the vacation with their family members.
There was a gentle circulation of individuals Sunday at Jacksonville Worldwide Airport.
“I haven’t traveled for the reason that pandemic began,” stated traveler Samir Washignton. “It’s sort of dangerous.”
However Washington stated he needed to see his father for Thanksgiving.
“COVID is at all times on my thoughts,” he stated. “I at all times attempt to discover a solution to be secure.”
Richard Mooris might be residence for the vacations. Mooris lives in Reside Oak and had simply gotten off a airplane from Pittsburgh when he spoke with News4Jax.
“My expertise was good. That they had every thing clear. That they had everyone separated. All people has masks on. All people was following the foundations and doing good,” Mooris stated.
His son, Braxley, was excited to have his father residence for Thanksgiving.
“I’m going to play video games and be grateful I’ve a dad,” he stated.
One other household flew in from Boston to go to their grandparents.
“Like why are we doing this understanding that is most likely not one of the best factor to do?” one of many members of the family stated.
In line with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, hundreds of individuals are touring all through JIA. On Sunday, 4,100 individuals handed by way of Jacksonville. On Saturday, 2,700 handed by way of. And on Friday, 4,200 handed by way of.
The household who News4Jax spoke with stated they’re involved about COVID-19, however they plan on getting examined as quickly as they return.
However Dr. Mohammed Reza, an infectious illness doctor with CAN Group Well being Jacksonville, stated: “In the event you’re going to journey, that testing shouldn’t be your rule of thumb to journey and see older sufferers as a result of all these exams are usually not 100%.”
Reza stated that the appropriate time to get examined just isn’t instantly after you may need been uncovered, however to “give it not less than 5 to seven days.”
“That’s the factor, from the testing, Zac, it doesn’t make sense in the event you’re going to be touring,” Reza stated. “The one method this may make sense in the event you bought examined at present and also you weren’t interacting with anybody else for the subsequent 14 days, and your take a look at comes again unfavorable and also you’re not interacting with anybody else.”
Reza is urging people who find themselves on the fence about touring this vacation season to remain residence so older family members might be round for the vacations subsequent yr.
“My greatest concern is we’re seeing it throughout the nation — the speed of an infection going up in our communities,” Reza stated. “The opposite massive concern is this can be a tough, tough, virus. Forty p.c of individuals don’t have signs of this virus.”
Reza predicts that with the change in temperature and the variety of individuals touring, there might be a rise in COVID-19 circumstances all through Florida. He stated that proper now, Florida has 4 to 6 weeks to plan, because it’s already taking place in northern states.
Additionally, the state’s COVID-19 testing web site on the Regency Sq. Mall might be closed on Thanksgiving. In the event you hope to be examined for COVID-19 this week, ensure the location you intend on going to is open forward of time.
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