PENNSYLVANIA (WBNG) -- In the wake of surging coronavirus numbers across the country, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health has urged residents to take extra precautions for the holidays.
The Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, has urged residents to take safety precautions for both food and health safety as they plan Thanksgiving celebrations.
This statement comes as PA has seen a significant spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health currently, the state has reported over 300,000 positive cases.
She says, " We are seeing our highest case counts of the pandemic across Pennsylvania. As I have said many times, the virus knows no boundaries, even between family members. It is imperative that everyone follows the safety measures laid out throughout the pandemic to protect themselves, loved ones, and all Pennsylvanians."
The department of health also passed along CDC guidelines for preparing a Thanksgiving turkey, including thawing the turkey in a container or leak-proof bag in the refrigerator and cook the turkey thoroughly at least at 325 degrees and until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Dr. Levine said, “The holidays are a time for togetherness, but this year, we must rethink what that looks like. This Thanksgiving, choose to celebrate with the people in your household and virtually connect with your loved ones."
The department of health encourages PA residents to do "whatever you can" to limit the spread of the virus during this crucial time.