Gov Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker.

NEEDHAM — Massachusetts families "should enjoy their Thanksgiving" with confidence even as COVID-19 cases tick upward, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

Baker, who toured small businesses in Needham to promote a local shopping initiative, noted that more than 5 million Bay Staters have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Families concerned about the virus could purchase rapid tests to give themselves an added layer of security, Baker added.

"It's still a big opportunity for us to get back to what I would describe as something that will feel more like a traditional holiday," Baker said.

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