Coronavirus continues its surge through Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky set another daily record for new cases of the coronavirus for the third time this week on Friday, along with 20 more deaths. according to Gov. Andy Beshear.


A total of 3,825 new cases were reported to state public health officials on Friday, which means there have now been 152,206 cases since the first case was reported in Harrison County on March 6.


The 10 counties with the most new cases are Jefferson with 668, Fayette 297, Boyd 185, Boone 123, Kenton 119, Lee 98, Daviess 88, Hardin 85, Warren 84, and Oldham with 81.


“This is exponential growth.  It is shattering records over and over until we stop it.  That’s why we are taking action, we have to,” said Gov. Beshear.  “We’ve got more than 10,000 students quarantined right now just based on the last two weeks alone.  We’ve got to do so much better.”


On Wednesday, Beshear announced a series of actions to fight the virus, which began Friday at 5:00 p.m., and are in effect through Dec. 13.   “We’ve got new restrictions in place to help us slow down this speeding train and prevent avoidable death.  Remember, your decisions are going to be what determines how many people live or die.  Do your part.”


They include:


Gyms, Fitness Centers & Pools


--Must maintain 6 feet apart.


--Group classes are prohibited.


--A maximum 33% occupancy.


--Masks Required.


Indoor Social Gatherings


--Limited to your current household plus one other household.


--Eight people or less.


Indoor venues, Event Spaces or Theaters


--No more than 25 people per room.


--Includes funerals and weddings.


Restaurants & Bars


--Closed to indoor dining.


--Delivery and to-go only.


--Outdoor service allowed.


Schools – 
All public and private schools (K-12) to cease in-person instruction:


--Middle and high schools will remain in remote or virtual instruction until at least Jan. 4, 2021.


--Elementary schools may reopen for in-person instruction Dec. 7, if their county is not in the red zone and the school follows all Healthy at School guidance.


Churches


--Asked to not hold in-person indoor services, with virtual, outdoor or drive-up services being urged.


The 20 people who died today bring Kentucky’s total to 1,762.  They include a 74-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man from Boone County; a 54-year-old man from Boyd County; an 88-year-old woman from Campbell County; two 85-year-old men from Fayette County; two women, ages 74 and 90, and an 82-year-old man from Hardin County; four women, ages 69, 86, 87 and 91, and two men, ages 80 and 92, from Jefferson County; a 77-year-old woman from Johnson County; a 93-year-old woman from Marshall County; a 93-year-old man from Nelson County; a 71-year-old man from Pike County; and a 72-year-old woman from Washington County.


1,544 Kentuckians are currently hospitalized.  Of them, 366 are in the intensive care unit, with 188 on a ventilator.


To view the entire daily report, incidence rate map, testing locations, long-term-care and other congregate facilities update, school reports, red zone counties and recommendations, the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and other key guidance go to  kycovid19.ky.gov.


Gov. Beshear will hold his next scheduled virtual press briefing Monday afternoon at 4, but is expected to issue reports with the daily numbers throughout the weekend.

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