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We want to know what you did this Thanksgiving

MILLERTON — This has been as unusual a year as we have had in probably the better part of a century, according to those who have been around long enough to remember the decades in between — or to those who have studied them. Between the coronavirus being unleashed on the world, the many months of social unrest and the reawakening of the Black Lives Matter movement, the turbulent 2020 elections and now President Trump refusing to concede to President Elect Joseph Biden, a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving break might be just what we all need. 

The question is: How are you planning to celebrate the holiday this year, and to do so safely with COVID-19 still raging and infections rising around the country, and right here in Dutchess County? 

According to North East town Supervisor Chris Kennan, “as of today [Thursday, Nov. 19],  there are 609 active cases of COVID-19 in Dutchess County being monitored by the Dutchess County Department of Health [DOH], with 37 individuals currently hospitalized.”

Just three weeks ago, the health department recorded 212 active cases in Dutchess County.

Kennan reported in an email sent out to community residents on Nov. 16 that the county’s DOH “is seeing a very significant spread of COVID-19… and this upsurge is not just centered in one college, or one residential care facility. The County’s Health Department is seeing ‘community spread’ across the County. And they see much of the spread coming from smaller, social gatherings.”

Which brings us to the point: We, at The Millerton News, would like to know: Did you and yours enjoy a different kind of Thanksgiving this year to stay keep your loves ones safe? If so, why not share it with our readers? Send us a couple of sentences by Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m., of how you celebrated the holiday. Better yet, send it with a high resolution photo, with photo IDs, to editor@millertonnews.com.

— Whitney Joseph, Editor

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