Gov. Jay Inslee urges public to forego holiday gatherings

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, on Thursday urged people to forego gatherings and holiday travel plans as COVID-19 cases spike across the state, and the governor said further measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will be announced in the coming days.

The state set a record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, with 1,777 additional cases announced. As of this week, more than 123,000 cases have been confirmed statewide and there have been 2,507 reported deaths.

The Inslees plan to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas virtually with their family, and urged the rest of the state to do the same.

Inslee said an announcement on further measures will be made in the coming days, and will affect what people do outside of the home, but he added that what’s most urgent right now, is what residents do at home.

The governor’s remarks came just two days after state and county health officials warned of an acceleration of coronavirus cases across the state, and pleaded with the public to take the pandemic more seriously heading into the winter holidays. (AP)

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