Beshear Reduces Social Gathering Sizes, Issues New Travel Advisory

On July 20, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced new restrictions on travel and social gatherings, in addition to the state's new COVID-19 data.

Posted: Jul 20, 2020 3:39 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2020 9:05 AM

During his July 20 COVID-19 update, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said there were 258 new positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the state of Kentucky.

That brought the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Bluegrass State to 23,414 in total, Beshear said. Beshear says the state's overall positivity rate is now 4.52%.

Kentucky's governor also announced one new COVID-19 death statewide. The individual who died from coronavirus was a 94-year-old woman from Casey County.

The new death announced on Monday brought the state's COVID-19 death toll to 671 total.

Beshear said 533,143 total Kentuckians have now been tested for COVID-19.

The governor went on to detail that there are 542 Kentuckians currently hospitalized with COVID-19, adding that there are 114 individuals currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

6,876 Kentuckians have now recovered from COVID-19.

Beshear also issued a travel advisory on Monday that asks anyone who returns to Kentucky after traveling to a state that has a positivity rate of over 15% to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The following states were listed by Beshear:

  • Alabama (18.13% positivity rate)
  • Arizona (23.56% positivity rate)
  • Florida (18.72% positivity rate)
  • Georgia (15.24% positivity rate)
  • Idaho (18.15% positivity rate)
  • Nevada (19.14% positivity rate)
  • South Carolina (15.71% positivity rate)
  • Texas (15.10% positivity rate)
  • Mississippi (14.82% positivity rate)

Additionally, Beshear announced the reduction of social gathering limits on Monday. He said only 10 people or less are allowed to gather at one time now, as opposed to the previous limit of 50 people.

According to Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Doctor Steven Stack, the reduction of group sizes to 10 or less doesn't affect things like restaurants, events, or other venues - but only applies to "informal gatherings."

Dr. Stack said business owners have a shared obligation to follow health and safety guidelines that ensure a safe place for customers to come and enjoy the services they provide.

More information on COVID-19 in Kentucky can be found on the Kentucky Department for Public Health's website.

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