Gov. Beshear says coronavirus is not under control in Warren County
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Gov. Andy Beshear gave the latest update Thursday afternoon on coronavirus in Kentucky.
“Wearing a facial covering is absolutely critical to what we want to be able to do in the commonwealth moving forward,” said Gov. Beshear. “Protect lives, protect people’s health, protect the economy and ultimately get our kids back to in-person classes.”
Beshear reported 785 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 37,686 since the start of the outbreak. Twenty-five of the newly reported cases were from children ages 5 and younger.
The Governor said 86 children under the age of 18 had tested positive for COVID-19 in Kentucky over the last three weeks, with six children in Warren County testing positive in Thursday’s report. Beshear said he hoped districts would not resume in-person classes on Aug. 24.
According to the daily update at http://www.kycovid19.ky.gov/, there were six new deaths raising the death toll to 796.
The deaths reported Thursday include a 56-year-old man from Carter County; an 80-year-old woman from Fayette County; two women, ages 82 and 89, and a 92-year-old man from Jefferson County; and a 74-year-old man from Taylor County.
“Let’s make sure we continue those green lights and ringing those bells,” said Gov. Beshear. “That’s for these families. Let’s honor those we’ve lost.”
Beshear said the virus was not under control in Warren County.
“Warren County has had a significant number of cases now for over a month, I think for a couple of months. At one point [Warren County] was near the top of the entire country in cases per capita. It is continuing to spread, and significantly spread. It is not in control in that county.”
Beshear said he did believe local leaders were pushing the mask mandate, but he had heard there were those in the community that refuse to wear one. He went on to say that Warren County had “a lot of different things that go on in the community,” mentioning the higher population and more people coming in from other counties to work, similar to Jefferson and Fayette.
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