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Beshear releases new COVID “Red Zone” recommendations

Photo: @GovAndyBeshear

Photo: @GovAndyBeshear

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for Beshear releases new COVID “Red Zone” recommendations



  1. big cat
    5:25 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Screw Andy! Friggin joke.



  2. jack8291
    5:48 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    For whatever reason , after the mask mandate, it’s really spiked



  3. Racerr11
    5:59 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Wow he is way out there and some . Smh



  4. sundanze77
    6:02 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    As I posted 6weeks ago, every place state or country that’s had a mask mandate has had more COVID-19 outbreaks. Looks like we’d learn!



  5. kjd
    6:24 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Masks are not effective. We flattened the curve early. Hospitals got prepared. Medical community learned a lot. Now, the virus will run its course. That’s what viruses do. Provide early treatment and prevent hospitalization.
    Be cautious but don’t live in fear.



  6. OldSchool606
    6:38 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Not sure which is more scary; Covid or these comments. Either way, the Darwin theory will prove one side correct



    • cats646
      7:09 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

      You realize it’s called the Darwin theory because it’s not true right? Lol. The “educated” left everyone. Go ahead and stay home, live in fear, and cover your face when you walk out to get the paper in the morning. That’s your choice. But it’s my choice to walk in a restaurant with no mask and enjoy myself with company if I want. This is America, not China.



  7. TrueBluePhil
    6:49 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t be scared from these libs trying to discourage us from voting in person. It has been a ploy by them since March. First they start race riots then the lockdown virus BS. It’s the only thing they can offer because they don’t have a policy that most Americans support.



    • bigbowdennation
      7:23 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

      Trump lost the popular vote last election, so at least at that time, “most” Americans did support their policy.



    • bigbowdennation
      7:24 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

      “their” meaning the libs



  8. TrueBluePhil
    8:17 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    This is why we have the electoral college system. Just because you have idiots in calif, NY or Illinois and others in the blue states. The rest of the country still loves the America and keeps you idiots in check. If you really hate America then move to a Socialist country.



  9. ibescootch
    11:16 pm October 26, 2020 Permalink

    Goodness, Elliott County! What’s going on over there, you just have one mask you’re all taking turns with?



    • CCCCTTT
      5:59 am October 27, 2020 Permalink

      Lol half the numbers in elliott are from the prison I think its 281 inmates and 8 employees now, and as far as I know they aint wearing masks in there



  10. rickshelton
    9:53 am October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Good comments, all. It seems fixating on “cases” is misleading. Isn’t a case someone that tests positive for COVID-19? But wouldn’t that include all those who have been exposed but got over it? Isn’t that what we were told was good… herd immunity and all? What we really need to focus on is hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths. I’m afraid we are being told to make whole decisions on half truths. The Governor needs to shows us graphs with hospitalizations over time and deaths over time. Then we can see trends, good or bad, that really matter. BTW… do “cases” include or exclude duplicates (i.e. same person getting tested over and over… like my wife!)?