As more of Kentucky's COVID-19 Incidence Rate map turns Red, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Monday that new COVID-19 recommendations would be put into place, in an effort to slow the spread of the potentially deadly virus.
To be in Kentucky's Red Zone, a county must have a COVID-19 incidence rate of at least 25 new positive cases per day per 100,000 residents.
Beshear released a new list of what he called "Red Zone Reduction Recommendations," which he's urging all Kentucky counties classified as "Red" to follow.
Red Zone Reduction Recommendations:
- Employers allow employees to work from home when possible.
- Non-critical Government offices to operate virtually.
- Reduce in-person shopping.
- Order take-out.
- 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.
"When it's red, if you are holding large public events, the virus is going to spread even more," Gov. Beshear said. "Red tells you that it's already out of control, and let's not expose our citizens to any more."
Local Kentucky counties currently in "Red" status include Henderson, Webster, Hancock, McLean, and Hopkins counties.
"These are not mandates," Gov. Beshear clarified. "These are our recommendations on how each community can make their community safer."
"And the reason they aren't mandates, is mandates only work if people follow them," he added. "And we know that encouragement will do more than enforcement to get people on board."
Beshear said Monday that there were 953 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, which brought the total number of cases in the state to 97,866 - with 82,892 of those cases listed as "confirmed" and 14,947 as "probable."
One week prior to Monday's update, Gov. Beshear had announced the renewal of "state surge preparations," warning that Kentucky was preparing for a fall and winter surge in COVID-19 cases.
After his possible exposure to COVID-19, the Kentucky governor had been quarantining at home, from where he continued to deliver his COVID-19 updates. Beshear's COVID-19 update on Monday was his first from the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort since being released from quarantine two days earlier on Saturday.
For more information on COVID-19 in Kentucky, you can visit the Kentucky Department for Public Health's website.