Mecklenburg County Health Leaders Urging Residents To Cancel Holiday Plans, Avoid Travel

CHARLOTTE — Cancel your plans.  That message from Mecklenburg County Health leaders as Coronavirus cases continue to soar 6 days before we celebrate Thanksgiving.

That warning comes as North Carolina reports nearly 3700 new cases in the past 24 hours.  Mecklenburg County just topped 40-thousand cases.

“If you must travel, we’re recommending that you don’t, cancel your plans, again, I know it’s a huge sacrifice,” says Dr. Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg County Deputy Health Director.

The county is echoing the new CDC guidelines recommending people remain home for the holiday, and not gather with anyone outside your immediate household.

North Carolina hit two unwanted milestones in the past few days.  More than 4-thousand new cases reported Thursday, and more than 36-hundred new cases Friday.

“I try not to be an alarmist, but it’s time for alarm,” says Dr. Ryan Shelton with Tryon Medical Partners.  Dr. Shelton is hard at work on two vaccine clinical trials.  One, with Johnson and Johnson, the other, Moderna, which Shelton says could be close to submitting its vaccine to the FDA.

“I bet that’s very close, I don’t feel like the process has been rushed, I really feel like the scientific method has been able to play out,” says Shelton.

Mecklenburg County health leaders are also asking that people avoid the Black Friday rush, and urging people to shop online.