Ky. attorney general files motion regarding mandatory mask requirement

Ky. attorney general files motion regarding mandatory mask requirement
Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 10. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

(KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 10.

During the briefing, the governor reminded residents of how important it is that day cares follow all public health guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19. He gave an example of how earlier in the week officials reported that at least 1,335 people in Texas tested positive for COVID-19 after contracting the virus at a child care center.

The governor said Kentucky has 22 child care center cases: 15 staff and seven children.

He said that Kentucky has had 72.9 long-term care resident COVID-19 cases per 1,000 residents and 19.2 COVID-19 deaths per 1,000 residents.

Two hundred and eighty-three of 284 facilities have been fully tested. There have been 60,703 total molecular diagnostic COVID-19 tests performed in the state’s long-term care facilities. Kentucky was awarded $313,897 in Civil Monetary Penalty funds for meeting infection-control deadline in 100 percent of facilities. Those funds will be invested in tele-visitation technology at 224 facilities, allowing hundreds of Kentuckians more access to their loved ones.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Friday his office filed a motion in Scott Circuit Court asking the judge to consider whether Governor Beshear’s executive order complies with the current temporary restraining order stopping enforcement of COVID-19 executive orders that are not in compliance with state law.

Cameron issued this statement:

“Today, our office is filing a motion in Scott Circuit Court asking the Judge to consider whether Governor Beshear’s most recent executive order requiring face coverings complies with the current temporary restraining order stopping enforcement of COVID-19 executive orders that are not in compliance with state law.

“Had the Governor consulted with our office and the leadership of the General Assembly on his order prior to its issuance, this step would have been unnecessary. The Governor has refused input on his executive orders, despite offers of assistance. This pattern has led to numerous challenges in court, all of which he has lost.

“To be clear, the request we are making to the court today is not about whether or not it is appropriate to wear a mask. It is my belief that masks are an important tool in fighting this pandemic. It is, however, about determining if the Governor’s executive order mandating mask use follows state law. As the chief law officer for the Commonwealth, it is my duty to raise this question before the court and ensure that the law is followed.”

Kentucky cases

On Friday, July 10, the Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 18,670 total positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. This includes 620 deaths and 5,258 recoveries.

Currently, 470,548 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.

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