As cases climb, families face change of plans for Thanksgiving Day

Posted November 23, 2020 8:25 p.m. EST
Updated November 23, 2020 9:43 p.m. EST

— Like fallen leaves in the wind, so are some of our best laid plans in the tempest that is 2020.

That trip to Greenville, South Carolina, to spend Thanksgiving with her daughter?

Not happening for Martha Crisp.

“We decided that’s probably not a god idea, and I think it’s just going to be my husband and me at home,” said Crisp. “We go around to people’s houses, eat food, play games. We made the decision this weekend that we’re not going to do that this year.”

Emma Guiton and her fiance, Andrew Galley, were planning a Wilmington trip to see her parents, who moved down from Maryland a few months ago.

COVID changes Thanksgiving plans

“They had just moved to this new house and finally were able to unpack and get decorated, and we were going to watch Christmas movies, but we’re not going to do all that,” Guiton said.

The couple will spend the holiday weekend at home alone in Raleigh.

This past weekend, the results came in from a COVID test -- one she took as a pre-holiday precaution. It was positive.

Guiton said she feels good. “No coughing, no anything.”

Her sister had also planned to go, but after her brief exposure to Guiton, she's staying put.

Shaun Savarese of Fayetteville said his pregnant wife tested positive for COVID on Nov. 12 and nearly went to he hospital. He, too, has shown symptoms.

“Thanksgiving is going to look like us sitting around a table, or potentially the couch,” said Savarese.

No visit from his cousin's family. No big feast – he doesn't have the energy.

No matter: They will give thanks.

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