On Thursday, Kentucky's Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's authority to issue coronavirus-related orders that put restrictions on businesses and individuals.
"The governor's orders were, and continue to be necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Kentucky citizens," the Supreme Court justices said in the ruling.
Gov. Beshear responded to the ruling on Thursday, saying that he's grateful to the Supreme Court for its decision.
"It's because of what was at stake, not because of who is in the lawsuit, that I am grateful to the Supreme Court for their decision," Beshear said. "This lawsuit... Would have eliminated every single safeguard we have here in Kentucky to keep you safe."
"That could be the mask mandate," Gov. Beshear continued. "It could be restrictions, on even indoor arenas, where we know superspreader events have taken countless lives. It would have defunded our public schools that have to turn to virtual options when community spread gets too high."
"It would have resulted not just in difficulty, but in death, had this challenge been ultimately upheld," said Beshear.
The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Gov. Beshear's COVID-19 Executive Orders came one day after the bluegrass state saw its highest day of new coronavirus cases yet, with 2,700 new positive cases reported on Wednesday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has challenged Beshear's use of executive action, speaking out against it several times over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AG Cameron also responded to the Supreme Court's Thursday ruling, saying that while the court disagreed with his position on the case, there are still "lingering issues" concerning the governor's executive power.
Watch Gov. Beshear's full response to the Supreme Court's ruling below: