Beshear Calls CDC's New COVID-19 Testing Guidelines 'Bad Policy'

The CDC recently updated its COVID-19 testing guidelines, and Kentucky's governor isn't in agreement with them.

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 1:43 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2020 4:26 PM

According to new COVID-19 testing guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), not everyone who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus needs to be tested.

Previously, the CDC's testing guidelines advised individuals who had been in close contact with an infected person for more than 15 minutes to get tested, even if they weren't showing any symptoms of the virus.

The new guidelines on testing from the CDC say that if you've been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient but aren't showing symptoms of the virus, "you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or state or local public health officials recommend you take one."

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear expressed his disapproval of the new testing guidelines published by the CDC, calling them "bad policy."

"I'm not going to speculate on the 'why?' on this, but it's bad policy," said Gov. Beshear.

"If we could test everybody in Kentucky, we'd have a heck of a lot more than 600 cases - but guess what? we could immediately start the contact tracing and quarantine and we cold be through this thing."

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