Gov. Beshear extends mask mandate for 30 more days
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Thursday COVID-19 update.
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The governor announced 516 new cases and eight new deaths in Kentucky.
At least 33,254 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 760.
8,523 people have recovered from the virus.
674,756 Kentuckians have received tests.
Beshear also announced 12 positive cases for kids under the age of five. The youngest was a 10-month-year-old.
Beshear also announced that he was extending the order to wear facial coverings while in public another 30 days. He also said the Kentucky State Fair will be limited to participants only. The fair will require face masks and employees handling cash to wear gloves.
“We appear to not just be slowing, but we hope stopping any escalation that we’ve seen. It’s further evidence that wearing that facial covering is truly helping Kentucky in so many different ways – our people, our economy, our kids,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s keep it up. I believe that if we continue to do this, we can see even better numbers than what we have now.”
“We’ve had major wars that we’ve gone through, at least in the last 40 years, where we’ve lost fewer Kentuckians than those who we’re going to lose to Covid-19,” said Gov. Beshear. “So let’s remember that just because we don’t see numbers like New York had or Florida is going to experience, that doesn’t mean this isn’t hitting Kentucky really hard.”
“We know the deaths follow large numbers of cases and that we’re going to have days when it’s really hard to read that list. But I do feel hopeful. I do feel optimistic that if we do wear that facial covering that we have found a way to stop what was going to be devastating,” said Gov. Beshear.
Governor Beshear also announced the Kentucky State Fair will be limited to participants only this year to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases. The fair will also feature wider aisles, reduced occupancy, increase hygiene accessibility and facial covering requirements. In an effort to manage crowds, the exhibits, midway, concerts and and food vendors will not be featured.
“By hosting a participant-only event, fair officials can more effectively enforce social distancing and facial covering requirements as well as gather the necessary information to perform contact tracing,” said Gov. Beshear. “I appreciate the board’s willingness to be agile, and their efforts to ensure that the health and safety of Kentuckians remains a top priority.”
The World’s Championship Horse Show will still be held, but without spectators and will adhere to U.S. Equestrian Federation guidelines.
“We believe the decision will allow Kentucky to continue our tradition of highlighting the state’s premiere agriculture and equestrian industry while prioritizing the health and safety of Kentuckians,” said Gov. Beshear.
“We are proud that we are having the fair, but obviously the health and safety of our community is uppermost in our minds and we’re delighted that we will at least be able to have the horse show and livestock contestants, the 4H-ers and the FFA kids,” said Steve Wilson, chair of the State Fair Board.
Secretary of the Executive J. Michael Brown also gave an update on COVID-19 within the Department of Corrections.
“To date, system-wide, we’ve had 844 positive cases with inmates and 136 with our employees. But we’ve also had 560 inmates recover and 87 employees recover, leaving today 49 active employee cases and 284 active inmate cases,” said Secretary Brown.
Ten inmates within the Department of Corrections system have died due to COVID-19 complications.
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