On Tuesday during Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's COVID-19 update, Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven J. Stack addressed the Commonwealth on recommended guidelines for Thanksgiving amid the pandemic.
"We take a large number of people, often from different households, and from different states and cities and regions - we put them indoors in a small, confined space... We take off our masks... We eat and we drink, which increases our salivation... and then we talk and we laugh and we joke and we sing, and we do all sorts of things that spray that saliva throughout the room," Dr. Stack explained.
"It is a perfect recipe to spread this virus," the doctor went on to say.
"I know there are some who aren't gonna listen - I hope you listen - I'm urging you to listen for your own well-being and that of your family, your friends, and your neighbors," Dr. Stack continued. "But for all of those of you who will listen, this is a year to do thanksgiving differently."
"Here's our guidance," Dr. Stack said, as he displayed a bulleted list of Thanksgiving recommendations, which read as follows:
- Avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.
- Always wear a face-covering or mask.
- Maintain a social distance of at least 6 ft. or more.
- Avoid large gatherings, especially those held indoors.
- Do not host or attend crowded parades.
- Avoid shopping in crowded stores before, on, or after Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving guidance presented on Tuesday came after Gov. Beshear said the Bluegrass State was reporting 2,120 new positive cases of COVID-19, which also came as the highest Tuesday of new positive cases in the state to date.
The majority of Kentucky counties on the state's COVID-19 incidence rate map are currently in the Red Zone, indicating a 'critical' rate of COVID-19 spread, prompting Beshear to call on Kentuckians to take "urgent action" as he warned of the threat of "significant danger."