PHOENIX (AP) — A top official of Arizona's largest hospital chain is urging residents to help curb the spread of the coronavirus by considering alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving get-togethers.
Dr. Marjorie Bessell of Banner Health acknowledged Saturday that's "asking a lot" but she said congregating in large groups and close contact with people outside of immediate households puts people at risk.
The state on Saturday reported 2,621 new COVID-19 cases and 33 additional deaths. Cases and hospitalizations have been steadily increasing in Arizona since late September and throughout October. Arizona was a national hot spot in June and July.