COVID-19 cases have been on the rise for the last three weeks according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now that Thanksgiving is over, Dr. Ed Lifshitz, medical director of communicable disease service for the New Jersey Health Department, expects the trend to continue. “The past few years following the Thanksgiving holidays we have seen an increase in cases as people do congregate together,” he said. Epidemiologist Dr. Stanley H. Weiss, a professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health, said it’s hard to predict exactly how respiratory diseases will increase from year to year. To read the full story.