Ontario's top doctor says to cook Thanksgiving turkey "well" this year

Sep 29 2020, 1:35 pm

Ontario’s top doctor had another outbreak in mind when discussing risks around Thanksgiving this year. And it was Salmonella.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams was asked about COVID-19 risks for Thanksgiving this year during Tuesday’s press conference.

He responded by saying, “We have to emphasize to cook the turkey well, because we do have other outbreaks at this time, usually Salmonella.”

Williams added, “We ask people to be careful and manage their proper procedures of handling, cooking and preparation and serving.”

The response veered a bit from the original intent of the question, specifically on coronavirus risks.

For that question, the chief medical officer said, “If you’re going to have a Thanksgiving where you would like to maybe have a very large extended group into your location, we may be asking that you would limit that, and that you would keep it to those that are part of your household and family or others.”

He added that they are still waiting for further recommendations from the public health measure table.

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