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Exclusive: Dr. Steven Stack says COVID-19 is out of control

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 4:12 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack was interviewed Monday afternoon by WYMT’s Steve Hensley.

In his first one-on-one interview with WYMT since the pandemic began, Dr. Stack said COVID-19 is out of control in Kentucky and urged people to follow the recommendations from health leaders.

“The public has got to decide if it would like to bring it back into control. We hope that the public will do so soon," said Dr. Stack. “If having 400,000 Americans die in 12 months is not a big deal, I don’t know how I can persuade people with facts, figures and numbers. I just don’t want other families to have to suffer the reality of a loss.”

Other topics included the possibility of more restrictions, Thanksgiving guidance, and concerns about winter sports.

“We are not speculating. We have more than enough evidence to know if people get together in traditional holiday gatherings they will spread infection, and unfortunately there will be tragic consequences," said Dr. Stack.

Dr. Stack also talked about promising news concerning vaccines and how soon it might be available.

“There is relief on the horizon. It will take many months into next year to get that relief deployed, but there is reason to be cautiously optimistic that next year will look much much better than 2020," said Dr. Stack.

You can click above to see the full interview.

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