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2003: The Best (And Worst) Thanksgiving Ever

Certainly this Thanksgiving will be one like no other. Many of us are spending it surrounded by a smaller circle of family and friends, if not entirely alone.

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed not only Thanksgiving traditions, but a number of post-holiday events as well.

At least 3,865 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Hamilton County since last week. On Thanksgiving Eve, the county's health commissioner said he's worried about a skyrocket of cases in the coming weeks.

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The first replacement steel stringer beams for the Brent Spence (I-75/71) Bridge were expected to arrive Wednesday. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says they were ordered right away in case they'd be needed.

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Road trip! A couple of The Simpsons characters are heading to Cincinnati in an episode premiering Sunday (8 p.m. Nov. 29, Channels 19 and 45).

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I can't presume to say that Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld's political ambitions, which burned hotter than a match until his recent indictment on felony charges of bribery and extortion, are snuffed out for good.

Remote learning has returned to many local school districts. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered public and private schools to close their classrooms starting Nov. 23 as COVID-19 cases continue to surge throughout the state. Cincinnati Public Schools superintendent also announced a return to remote learning on Nov. 23 as Ohio case totals rise.

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For a third time in recent weeks, a drug company has announced that its vaccine candidate is effective in clinical trials. Now AstraZeneca joins Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, along with Moderna in reporting their results.

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For most local nursing home facilities, Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year. Family and friends often join elderly residents for meals and visits.

"Typically, from Halloween through New Year's, it seems like a big party on our campus on every level of care," says Megan Ulrich, vice president of marketing and business development at Maple Knoll Communities. "Obviously, again, this year's not going to be that way." 

There are more than twice as many people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ohio now as were a month ago. In some places, hospitals are trying to treat a flood of patients with fewer staff because their own employees have tested positive for the virus or are in quarantine.

Ohio could see its first batch of coronavirus vaccines on December 15, Gov. Mike DeWine announced, bringing some welcome news as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations show no indications of slowing.


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