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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine share their Thanksgiving plans amid COVID-19 pandemic

"This year, it's going to be different," Fran DeWine said of the family's Thanksgiving. "And it really breaks my heart. But we just can't risk it."

CEDARVILLE, Ohio — Thanksgiving will have a different feel for most families in America due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That applies to Ohio's first family as well. 

During Thursday's coronavirus briefing at their home in Cedarville, Gov. Mike DeWine invited his wife Fran up to the podium to talk about their plans for the upcoming holiday. 

"This year, it's going to be different," Fran DeWine stated. "And it really breaks my heart. But we just can't risk it."

She noted that her mother is 94 and the family has welcomed two new grandbabies to go with their other grandchildren that are currently in school.

Despite fewer family members at the DeWine dinner table, Fran DeWine said she still plans to roast a turkey, make homemade rolls, and has already begun to make the shell for a pumpkin pie. 

Instead of having family over to their home, Fran DeWine says she and her husband plan to deliver food to family members and will Zoom and FaceTime. 

"We really look forward to next year after we get this vaccine and we can all be together. We just can't take chances now," she added.

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