Beshear to Announce 'Additional Steps' to Slow COVID-19 Spread

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is expected to announce additional steps in the Bluegrass State's fight against COVID-19 on Monday, July 27.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 3:21 PM

Kentucky's governor plans to announce new steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Bluegrass State, according to a statement he made on Sunday.

Beshear's announcement came after a meeting with White House Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.

"What we see is that the federal government agrees with the steps that we have taken and the reasons that we took them," Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on Sunday, speaking from the garden at the Old Governor's Mansion in Frankfort.

"Knowing that we had an increase of cases they are highly supportive of the facial covering requirement. They are also very supportive of our reduction of social gatherings to 10 people or less."

"Our numbers still are going up," Beshear went on to say. "So tomorrow you can expect us to take some additional steps."

"I think the steps that we're going to take tomorrow are steps that the White House and other public health experts believe have the maximum impact," Beshear said.

Dr. Birx said there are states, such as Kentucky and Indiana, where they believe bars should be shut down, indoor gatherings should be decreased to less than 10 people and social gatherings should be limited to less than 10 - but as of right now, exactly what steps Kentucky's governor plans to announce on Monday remains unclear.

Beshear's Monday COVID-19 update will be live at 4:00 p.m. EDT/3:00 p.m. CDT.

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