Kentucky’s COVID surge spreading fastest among youngsters

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor says the state’s worst COVID-19 surge is spreading rapidly among school-age children. It comes as the delta variant forces more school districts to cancel classes. Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that more youngsters are getting COVID than officials “ever thought imaginable.” He says that so far this month, more than 18,900 Kentuckians ages 18 and younger have contracted the coronavirus. That’s compared to 2,352 in the same month a year ago. Meanwhile, an instructional assistant at an eastern Kentucky elementary school has died from COVID-19. Heather Antle was an aide at Lee County Elementary. She died Sunday.