Scott Harris’ family has already made a tough decision. They’re not going to have a get-together this Thanksgiving. It’s just too risky.
New COVID-19 cases had fallen after Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide mask mandate in July. For more than a month they stayed flat.
But in recent weeks Harris, the state’s health officer, has watched the numbers rise across Alabama and the nation. Montgomery’s new cases jumped from 832 in September to 1,417 in October, and they’re on pace to rise another 23% in November without factoring in the impact of Thanksgiving. Hospitalizations are up, as well.