Gov. Beshear offers COVID-related guidelines for Thanksgiving

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says people should avoid large Thanksgiving gatherings to help contain the coronavirus. Gov. Andy Beshear says the guidance includes limiting in-person get-togethers to those residing in the same house.

The governor acknowledged Tuesday that the health guidelines are tough to swallow, but he says the recommendations can save lives at a time when Kentucky is struggling with its worst COVID-19 surge.

“This doesn’t mean anybody’s suggesting Thanksgiving’s canceled,” the governor said. “We ought to celebrate our blessings. We ought to be able to be in touch with each other through Zoom. But we ought to be thankful for having the knowledge of how to protect those around us.”

The Thanksgiving guidance came as Beshear reported 2,120 new virus cases. That’s the state’s highest total for a Tuesday and its fifth-highest day overall. He also reported 14 more virus-related deaths.

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(This story was originally published on November 10, 2020)

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