Governor Calls Third Escalation Of COVID Cases 'Most Serious'

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Governor Beshear says Kentucky’s third escalation of coronavirus cases is the most serious.  During his briefing Thursday the governor announced 1260 new cases and 20 additional deaths.

Beshear noted the positivity rate for the state is now up to 4.9%.  He said that’s the highest rate in about a month. “This is not moving in the right direction and it’s up to us to stop these increases in cases, increases in positivity.  We continue to see increases in hospitalization,” said Beshear.

Beshear said western Kentucky is especially hard hit currently with 11 counties showing double digit cases.   Beshear said some local health department officials are reporting resistance to enforcement of coronavirus preventive measures.   “When they try to tell people they need to wear a mast to prevent the spread, people refuse, sometimes they laugh at them, sometimes they yell at them.  They go into businesses and those businesses refuse to follow any of their requirements,” explained Beshear.

Beshear noted there are good people in the Commonwealth, adding it’s time for example and for better compliance.  The governor said with fall here and winter coming this is, quote, “the time we either succeed or begin to fail.”​

The governor offered his report again from the mansion where he and his family are quarantined following the positive COVID-19 test this past weekend of one of his security detail.

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