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Avoid large gatherings for holiday, guv urges

Kentuckians should avoid large Thanksgiving gatherings as a safeguard to protect extended family and friends from a surging COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.

Instead, in-person get-togethers should be limited to people from the same household, he said.

While the health guidelines might be tough to swallow, the guidance can save lives as Kentucky struggles with its worst outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic governor said.

“That person that you may think that you will really miss sitting across the table from you this year, I want to make sure is across the table from you next year,” Beshear said at a news conference. “And this right now is the most dangerous time we’ve had in this virus.”

The Thanksgiving guidance came as the state reported 2,120 new virus cases — its highest total for a Tuesday and fifth-highest day overall, Beshear said. He also reported 14 more virus-related deaths, raising the statewide death count to at least 1,590.

The guidance includes avoiding in-person gatherings with people who don’t live in your household.

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