The number of COVID-19 cases around the state continues to climb.   Kris Ehresmann with the State Health Department says social gatherings large and small are contributing to the rising numbers:

“To be clear there is lower risk with smaller groups but that doesn’t mean there is no risk. At the level of transmission that we are seeing right now in the community things that may have been relatively safe a month or two ago may no longer be safe.”

Yesterday officials reported 2,178 new cases and 15 deaths.