The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Tuesday November 24, 2020

 
On any other Thanksgiving, dozens of Olga Garcia's family members would squeeze into her home for the holiday. But this year, everyone will sit down to eat in their own homes at precisely 6:30 p.m. and join a group phone call.

On any other Thanksgiving, dozens of Olga Garcia's family members would squeeze into her home for the holiday. But this year, everyone will sit down to eat in their own homes at precisely 6:30 p.m. and join a group phone call. Elaine Thompson/AP

Tuesday November 24, 2020

Today’s headlines:

  • As the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois continues to climb, the state health department is changing how it defines hospital capacity.

  • The average cost of all theingredients for a classic Thanksgiving meal is the lowest it’s been in a decade, despite the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In east-central Illinois, hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients as rates of community transmission continue to rise.

In today’s deep dive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois Department of Public Health warn this Thanksgiving could become a super-spreader COVID-19 event if the proper precautions aren't taken. We learn more about those precautions from Tim Shelley.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Mary Hansen, Dana Cronin, Christine Herman, and Tim Shelley.