FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27.
On Tuesday, the governor said community, long-term care and school leaders and administrators, as well as families in red zone counties, should prepare a weekly COVID-19 reduction plan based on each Thursday’s incidence rate map.
Governor Beshear said the red zone map gives communities and families time to plan and accommodate the new recommendations and other existing guidance.
“If you’re in a red county, anything you don’t need to do, don’t. Stay home as much as possible,” Governor Beshear said. “Schools shouldn’t be the only ones that are taking these steps. When you coordinate these two responses, the schools and the community together, we can get the best result.”
As of the updated list on Monday, the following counties in the Heartland are in the “red zone:” Hickman, Fulton, Calloway and McCracken.
J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Executive Cabinet, reminded Kentuckians that all correctional facilities enhanced sanitation and hygiene, suspended visitation to keep staff and inmates safe and initiated staff screening for COVID-19 symptoms every day upon entry.
Inmates were provided with additional free phone calls and emails to keep them connected to family and friends.
He also shared that cloth masks for inmates and staff were provided in early April and have been supplemented to ensure the inmates have a fresh one available at all times.
When a positive staff or inmate case has occurred, the correctional facility has worked with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to conduct contact tracing, run additional tests and separate the prison population into distinct housing units if necessary.
Currently, there are 263 active inmate cases and 20 active staff cases in state prisons. There have been 1,164 total inmate cases and 194 total staff cases; sadly, 13 inmates and two staffers have died of COVID-19.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported a total of 99,637 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, October 27.
KDPH also reported a total of 1,428 deaths and 18,045 recoveries.
The positivity rate in Kentucky is currently 5.97 percent.
Currently, 1,964,463 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.