Governor asks red-county residents to take steps to curb virus

Pike County fell back out of the red on Monday, but was replaced by Lawrence County.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear returned to the Capitol for his Monday briefing, following two weeks in quarantine, announcing that he and his family all tested negative for COVID-19.

But the good news ended there.

Noting that cases are higher than ever before, the governor announced a new list of recommendations for counties currently listed in the most severe level of transmission.

Among the recommendations, Gov. Beshear:

  • asked businesses in red counties to allow employees to work remotely when possible
  • asked shoppers to reduce or stop in-person shopping and to prioritize businesses that are following guidelines
  • asked communities to postpone or cancel public events
  • and asked residents in red counties to not participate in any gatherings at all.

“We are moving the wrong direction in a fight against a virus that at this point, we understand enough about to where we should be more effective,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are seeing more cases. We are seeing more people going into the hospital. We are seeing more people going into the ICU. And we’re going to see more and more people die.”

The latest numbers show 953 new cases on Monday, pushing the total to nearly 98,000.

Three more people died on Monday, raising the death toll to 1,410.
858 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 253 in intensive care and 112 on ventilators.

The state positivity rate is 5.84 percent.