Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear warns families a COVID-19 surge could overwhelm hospitals after the Thanksgiving Holiday.
"Everybody’s going to participate this year, Lord have mercy, this is definitely going to be a different Thanksgiving, definitely" says mother and daughter Yvonne and Dory Stone. Both are preparing food for a socially distant Thanksgiving celebration.
AAA estimates 6 million fewer people will travel this holiday season; more than 45 million travelers are expected to visit loved ones this week. Those numbers leaving local city, county and state leaders fearing the worst.
"I agree with the governor's regulations, this COVID-19 has had an impact on our immediate family" said Yvonne Stone.
Yvonne and Dory live in Madisonvillle, their family taking extreme measure to stay on Thanksgiving.
"Our biggest change this year for Thanksgiving is that we are going to be eating outside we have our tables already ready to go it’s just going to be immediate family and a small gathering” said Dory Stone.
This year aside from restrictions making Thanksgiving different, the Stone family has lost two people close to them, both from Hopkins County, both dying from COVID-19.
"Are you all Scared?" asked 44News Reporter Tyler Druin,
"Yes!!" shouted Dory, "Yes, very she's got an underlining medical condition, my other two daughters do too, my age, so yes we are trying to play it safe" her mother Yvonne chimes in.
Wednesday Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to keep gatherings over Thanksgiving to eight people or few from no more than two different households.
The CDC sending out a stark warning, recommending families not travel altogether this holiday.
"You find people out here now that don’t even wear a mask, and don’t even wash their hands" adds Yvonne Stone.
Doctors telling people to visit each other virtually this year. Some families have isolated themselves the last two weeks to be able to gather safely, reducing the chances of COVID-19 lurking around the dinner table.
"We are going to be on the porch, under the carport, we are going to be totally different, usually were congregating here in the house, in the kitchen, and the living room yeah it’s going to be totally different this year" said Yvonne.
Leading experts say if you are going to congregate inside even at a close relative's home you should wear your mask, wash your hands, and practice extreme social distancing.