Kentucky announces new rules for state-run health centers

FRANKFORT, Ky. — As the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge throughout Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear and Health & Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander have announced new guidelines for state-run health care facilities.

“We are back into a period of time where a whole lot of things are moving –- in the public sector, at the federal level -– and we are learning more about the delta variant,” said Gov. Beshear. “The delta variant is spreading like wildfire. This variant is spreading faster than anything we have seen. If you’re unvaccinated, you are at significant risk.”

Under the new rules, universal masking will be required at all state-run health care facilities, including veterans nursing homes, effective today. In addition, the state is strongly encouraging all employees and contractors working in the centers to get vaccinated by Oct. 1, but is not requiring vaccinations at this time.

Any employee who remains unvaccinated will have to be tested for COVID-19 at least twice a week.