Kentucky Experiencing Increase in COVID-19 Cases; Gov. Beshear Makes New Recommendations

Posted October 26, 2020

Yesterday, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky had reached a total of 97,866 cases of COVID-19, with 953 positive cases added on Monday. The state’s positivity rate also increased to 5.84 percent after hovering around 5 percent for almost two months.

Gov. Beshear also made recommendations to counties that were classified as being in the “red zone,” meaning their rate of positive COVID-19 cases reached 25 per 100,000 people or higher per day.

The governor said if a county is red on Thursday afternoon, they are recommended to make changes starting the following Monday. These include:

  • Employers allow employees to work from home when possible
  • Non-critical government offices to operate virtually
  • Reduce in-person shopping; order online or curbside pickup
  • Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars
  • Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce mask mandate and other guidelines
  • Reschedule, postpone, or cancel public and private events
  • Do not host or attend gatherings of any size
  • Avoid non-essential activities outside of your home
  • Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance, including 10 steps to defeat COVID-19

To view an updated map of counties that are in the red zone, click here.