With coronavirus cases once again surging, Governor Andy Beshear released a new set of recommendations for the state’s most affected areas. For counties in the “red zone,” or, with an average of 25 or more daily cases per 100,000 residents, Beshear recommends the following measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus:
- Employers allow employees to work from home when possible
- Non-critical Government offices to operate virtually
- Reduce in-person shopping; order online or curbside pickup
- Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars
- Prioritize business that follow and enforce mask mandate and other guidelines
- Reschedule, postpone or cancel public and private events
- Do not host or attend gatherings of any size
- Avoid non-essential activities outside of your home
- Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidelines, including 10 steps to defeat COVID-19.
Sporting events are not on this list because the KHSAA already recommends games not be held in red counties, which has led to multiple cancellations and postponements already this fall. Beshear pointed out these are not mandates, but instead recommendations that follow the guidance from the White House. He asked that Kentuckians check the data on Thursday afternoons to see if their county is in the red zone, and if so, prepare accordingly for the following week.
Here is today’s county-by-county map:
Today’s report includes 953 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number of cases on a Monday by a significant amount, and three new deaths. The state’s positivity rate is up to 5.84%, and 858 people are hospitalized, 253 in the ICU, 112 on a ventilator.