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Indoor Holiday Gatherings May Be Key Factor In COVID-19 Surge

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Just over a week after Thanksgiving, Maryland surpassed 3,000 new daily COVID-19 cases two days in a row.

Maryland broke its daily case record Friday when it reported 3,792 new cases. The previous record was 2,910. On Saturday the state reported 3,193 new cases.

Dr. Lisa Maragakis, the senior director for infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System, said Thanksgiving indoor gatherings likely contributed to the surge.

In order to manage the surge, Maragakis said, Marylanders need to do better at celebrating safely during the winter holidays.

“Attending indoor gatherings, hosting indoor gatherings are really out of the question this year,” she warned.

Maragakis added that the Food and Drug Administration may authorize the first COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days.

“It has been an extraordinarily challenging year. And to end it in this way is very difficult,” Maragakis said. “But I will say there's a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.
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