Gov. Beshear makes recommendations for counties in the red zone after highest COVID-19 cases reported on a Monday

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 3:56 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear gave his Monday COVID-19 news conference live from the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. It is his first live in-person news conference since leaving his two-week quarantine on Saturday.

You can watch that below:

The governor announced 953 new cases and three new deaths in Kentucky. This is the highest Monday total.

The positivity rate is 5.84%.

At least 97,866 Kentuckians have contracted the virus. The death toll is now at 1,410.

17,881 people have recovered from the virus.

1,937,567 Kentuckians have received tests.

Gov. Beshear made some recommendations for counties in the red zone. He recommends employers to allow employees to work from home when positive and non-critical government offices to operate virtually.

During his news conference on Monday, October 26th, Gov. Andy Beshear offered recommendations...
During his news conference on Monday, October 26th, Gov. Andy Beshear offered recommendations to counties in the red zone to help limit the spread of COVID-19.(Gov. Andy Beshear's Office)

“Every Kentuckian in a red zone county needs to work together to protect one another by following these recommendations,” Gov. Beshear said. “Now is not the time to give up – this is a time when more people are going to be at risk. It is a time when we need everyone to do better.”

Beshear says to reduce in-person shopping and order online or curbside pickup. He also said to avoid dining in restaurants and bars, order take-out.

Beshear also recommends prioritizing businesses that follow and enforce mask mandate and other guidelines. Reschedule, postpone or cancel public and private events. He says to not host or attend gatherings of any size. He recommends avoiding non-essential activities outside of your home.

The governor also says to reduce overall activity and contacts and follow existing guidance including 10 steps to defeat COVID-19.

“It is not a good time to be out in public. This is the most dangerous it has been in eight months,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “The risk of you getting infected in the state of Kentucky has never been higher.”

Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/26
Kentucky COVID-19 numbers 10/26(WYMT)

WYMT independently confirms all of Eastern Kentucky’s positive COVID-19 cases, along with any coronavirus-related deaths, with local health departments before publishing any details.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus in Kentucky, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

You can also find more information, including how to protect your family, by visiting Kentucky’s official COVID-19 website here.

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