Beshear hoping for virus case plateau after holiday surge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is possibly seeing a leveling off of new COVID-19 cases after a holiday gatherings surge, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.

Beshear announced 3,053 new cases of the virus and reported 22 new deaths. The state has recorded 2,944 deaths since the pandemic reached Kentucky in March.

Beshear said gatherings by family and friends over Thanksgiving and Christmas fueled a spike in cases but people perhaps have “changed their behavior back to being very careful."

“If that’s the case, then hopefully we’ll see a leveling off,” the governor said during his daily briefing Wednesday. But he added that future data would have to bear that out.

Kentucky has seen a surge of new coronavirus cases in the new year, with more than 15,000 over a three-day period last week.

Beshear said Tuesday there were no plans at this point to issue new public restrictions.