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Beshear Comments on CDC's Attempt to Clarify New Testing Guidelines

CDC's director has attempted to clarify the agency's recently-updated COVID-19 testing guidelines, and Kentucky's governor is sharing more thoughts on the subject.

Posted: Aug 28, 2020 10:04 AM
Updated: Aug 28, 2020 12:04 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its COVID-19 testing guidelines to say that not everyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient needs to get tested - and Kentucky's governor was one of several state and local leaders criticizing the guidance.

Now, CDC Director Doctor Robert R. Redfield in an attempt to clarify the new COVID-19 testing guidelines, explained that everyone who needs a test can get one, but, that everyone who wants to get a test doesn't necessarily need to do so.

"Rarely does somebody make a change and then have to say 'okay we were wrong' and say it like that," Beshear said in response to the attempted clarification.

"That change in CDC guidance that they're pulling back was simply wrong," Gov. Beshear added. "I don't know the motivations behind that change in CDC guidance, but it is not helpful. It is not in line with everything known about the virus."

"To suggest that you can just go on with your daily life - not take steps to prevent the spread of COVID or determine if you have it - that's just plain wrong with everything that we know about this virus," Beshear said.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven J. Stack also noted the CDC guidelines say people living in areas of higher active spread should follow state recommendations over federal government guidelines. According to Dr. Stack, Kentucky is one of the areas described.

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