A recent survey found nearly 60 percent of Americans will forgo traveling to visit family over the Thanksgiving holiday this year.
Amid record-low Thanksgiving travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, a study named Virginia one of the top six safest states to stay during the long weekend.
The study, conducted by WalletHub, found Virginia to be the state seeing the fourth-fewest positive COVID-19 tests per capita last week.
Virginia also ranked well compared to other states in such metrics as a low COVID-19 hospitalization rate last week, a low share of multigenerational households, relatively low crime rate and few DUI-related fatalities in motor vehicle crashes around Thanksgiving.
These metrics earned Virginia a score of 76.55, compared to a score of as low as 19.7 in South Dakota.
"As you plan your holidays, it’s important to first remember that in-person celebrations with only members of your own household or virtual celebrations using online video apps like Zoom and FaceTime pose the lowest risk for infection and spread of COVID-19," SOVAH Health Chief Medical Officer Sheranda Gunn-Nolan said.
For those who do plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, SOVAH Health officials recommend wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, staying away from those who may be sick and refraining from touching the face.
"The final two months of the year are traditionally filled with a number of opportunities to celebrate with family, friends and co-workers. Of course, 2020 has been anything but a traditional year, thanks in no small part to the ongoing pandemic," Gunn-Nolan said. "As we continue to fight COVID-19 and work to slow the spread in our community, it’s a good idea to take a moment and rethink how we celebrate during the upcoming holiday season."