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Governor: Don't let surge overwhelm health care system

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

Frankfort, KY - On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said all Kentuckians need to act now to stop a COVID-19 surge that could overwhelm the commonwealth's health care system and force businesses and schools to close again.

"In America and in Kentucky, this is getting increasingly more and more dangerous. The newest numbers are absolutely staggering," said Gov. Beshear. "We're losing 1,200 Americans per day and we have some individuals who say, 'Oh, it's not real.' Think about the amount of grief that is crying out every day in this country and this commonwealth based on those who we have lost."

Community leaders, businesses, schools and families in counties listed in the red zone on Thursdays should follow nine recommendations the following Monday through Sunday. All Kentuckians should consider adopting some of these recommendations to help their county avoid the red zone. Today's COVID-19 case report is the highest ever for a Monday.

The Governor reminded Kentuckians to vote safely in the 2020 general election tomorrow if they have not done so already. He encouraged all voters to wear a mask and stay six feet apart from others at the polls.

Finally, the Governor addressed the Friday report that a former Kentucky State Police training slideshow included quotes from Adolf Hitler and Robert E. Lee.

"We believe that presentation was only given one single time, to one single class, but it is absolutely and totally unacceptable. Unacceptable. While we believe that this was used just one time six years ago, we're not stopping there. We are checking all training materials going back in time and looking at the present," said Gov. Beshear. "We're committed to making this right. To our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community and the Black community in Kentucky, this should never have happened. You should never have to see this news."

Case Information
As of 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, Gov. Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:
  • New cases today: 1,032
  • New deaths today: 3
  • Positivity rate: 6.25%
  • Total deaths: 1,492
  • Currently hospitalized: 988
  • Currently in ICU: 270
  • Currently on ventilator: 142
Top counties with the most positive cases today are: Jefferson, Fayette, Warren and McCracken.

Red zone counties for this week can be found here:

Those reported lost to the virus today include an 82-year-old man from Hardin County; a 93-year-old man from Jessamine County; and a 59-year-old man from Whitley County.

Gov. Beshear explained how Kentucky's mask mandate helped limit the commonwealth's COVID-19 cases and deaths to less than half of what neighboring Tennessee experienced without a mask mandate.

This story was posted on 2020-11-02 18:08:44
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