FRANKFORT, Ky. (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear held a briefing on Kentucky’s response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 29.
On Thursday, Governor Beshear urged everyone in 68 red zone counties to follow the nine recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. He said they should start Monday, November 2 through Sunday, Nov. 8.
Heartland counties in the red zone include: Caldwell, Calloway, Hickman, McCracken, and Marshall.
Schools, businesses, community leaders and Kentuckians in red zone counties, which are published every Thursday afternoon, should follow the recommendations below:
- Employers should allow employees to work from home when possible
- Government offices that do not provide critical services need to operate virtually
- Reduce in-person shopping; order online or pickup curbside as much as possible
- Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars
- Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce the mask mandate and other guidelines
- Reschedule, postpone or cancel public events
- Do not host or attend gatherings of any size
- Avoid non-essential activities outside your home
- Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance
The governor said the new White House guidance suggested “current transmissions are linked to home gatherings,” where Americans are not as likely to wear masks around people from outside of their household.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported a total of 103,305 cases of COVID-19 in the state on Thursday, October 29.
The positivity rate in Kentucky is currently 6.04 percent.
KDPH also reported a total of 1,461 deaths and 18,277 recoveries.
Currently, 1,987,572 Kentuckians have been tested for the virus.