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Millions of travelers pack Florida airports as coronavirus cases tick upwards

ORLANDO, Fla. – The nation’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans on Thursday to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend ahead of the holiday even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big gatherings.

And the crowds are only expected to grow. Next Sunday is likely to be the busiest day of the holiday period.

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“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household,” she said.

Many travelers are unwilling to miss out on seeing family and are convinced they can do it safely. Also, many colleges have ended their in-person classes, propelling students to return home.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

If families do decide to include returning college students, military members or others for turkey and stuffing, the CDC is recommending that the hosts take added precautions: Gatherings should be outdoors if possible, with people keeping 6 feet apart and wearing masks and just one person serving the food.

Below is information provided by the Florida Department of Health for Wednesday, Nov. 25.


The Florida Department of Health reported 8,376 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 961,676 cases since March.


The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported 99 people have recently died from COVID-19. As of Wednesday’s coronavirus report, a total of 18,482 deaths across the state have been related to the coronavirus, a number that includes 228 non-resident deaths in Florida.

State health officials have always maintained that virus fatalities are often delayed in being reported to the FDOH, with some deaths not reported for a month or more.


Currently, there are 3,723 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. The Florida DOH reported 306 newly hospitalized patients due to COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Positivity rate

The percent of positive results ranged from 6.67% to 10.06% over the past two weeks and was 7.10% Tuesday.

[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Florida reports more than 8,500 new coronavirus infections as state nears 1 million mark]

Below is a breakdown of the coronavirus numbers across the 10-county Central Florida region for Nov. 25:

County Cases New Cases Hospitalizations New Hospitalizations Deaths New Deaths
Brevard 14,981 170 1,179 23 434 2
Flagler 2,621 16 190 3 42 0
Lake 10,273 65 817 8 250 2
Marion 12,628 49 1,155 2 377 0
Orange 55,966 440 1,759 4 635 0
Osceola 17,553 111 938 5 240 1
Polk 26,833 142 2,847 12 671 2
Seminole 12,387 64 809 4 268 1
Sumter 3,353 12 316 2 92 0
Volusia 15,609 201 1,070 6 362 2

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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