Kentucky’s face covering mandate has officially been extended another 30 days, as announced Thursday by Gov. Andy Beshear. The first 30-day mandate began July 10.
Beshear said the mandate has been working because despite announcing 516 new COVID-19 cases for Kentucky on Thursday, there have nearly 250 less new cases so far this week compared to this time last week.
“It’s working, and if we want to get some things back open that we had to pause, if we want to continue to grow our economy, this is our way,” Beshear said. “For the near future, we’re going to have to do this. We’re going to do it 30 days at a time. But please don’t require it to be mandatory. Do it because it’s the right thing.”
Beshear also said it will help get Kentucky in a position to get back to school.
There have now been 33,254 total cases statewide, and the seven-day rolling positivity rate is 5.51%.
Beshear also announced eight new deaths, bringing Kentucky’s total to 760 deaths.