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Hopkins County Returns to Kentucky's COVID-19 Red Zone, 68 Counties Now Red

According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Hopkins County is back in the state's COVID-19 Red Zone, alongside 67 other counties throughout the Bluegrass State.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 3:48 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2020 4:02 PM

On Thursday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said 68 of the Bluegrass State's counties were now in the Red Zone.

That's after the Kentucky governor said 1,821 more residents of the state had tested positive for COVID-19.

"With this amount of spread across the Commonwealth, it's not going to be a surprise that today's Incident Rate has a significant number of Red Zone counties," said Gov. Beshear. "This being Thursday is the day that sets guidance for schools, as to in-person learning, versus a hybrid, versus a broader in-person experience."

When Gov. Beshear first made his Red Zone Recommendations, Hopkins County was one of the local Kentucky counties that were currently in the Red Zone, just as students in the Hopkins County Schools district were returning back to in-person classes. The county left the Red Zone briefly, only to return back into the Red with Thursday's report.

"We now have over half of our Kentucky counties in the Red Zone, and we are down to a handful, maybe four Yellow counties and no Green counties," Beshear said woefully.

Beshear indicated that school systems in Red Zone counties may go fully virtual as of Monday.

"So what that means, is we need each of those county governments, city governments in them, to be making plans for Monday to be as virtual as possible," he said.

Other local counties in Kentucky's Red Zone as of Thursday are Union, Henderson, Webster, McLean, and Hancock counties.


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