Officials say holidays caused new virus surge in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials say Kentucky is dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases caused at least partly by people getting together during the holidays despite warnings not to do so. Gov. Andy Beshear said during a briefing that the state recorded 4,750 new cases of the disease Friday, pushing the three-day total to more than 15,000.

He blamed it on people gathering over the holidays and urged the public to abide by health guidelines. More than 1,000 of the cases reported Friday were in Jefferson or Fayette counties, which are two of the biggest in the state. Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, also blamed the new surge on holiday get-togethers.