Dr. Levine: Avoid holiday gatherings to slow spread of virus

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October 30, 2020 - 5:24 am
 A donated Foster Farms turkey is displayed on a table at the SF-Marin Food Bank on November 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Get a smaller bird this year. That’s the advice of Pennsylvania’s health secretary, who is urging residents to avoid gathering with friends and family on holidays such as Thanksgiving to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Rachel Levine said Thursday she knows it's a “tremendous sacrifice," but says it is “absolutely necessary” as virus cases spike.  In Pennsylvania, new daily virus cases have risen more than 50% over the past two weeks to an average of more than 2,000 per day.

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