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Beshear urges Kentuckians to follow new Red Zone reduction recommendations

October 27, 2020 | 12:10 am

Updated October 27, 2020 | 3:24 am

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Gov. Andy Beshear reported 953 COVID-19 cases in Kentucky on Monday and issued new Red Zone reduction recommendations to stop COVID-19 spread. Daviess County is currently in the Orange Zone, though 55 counties in Kentucky currently are in the Red Zone.

Red Zone counties are those with 25 or more average daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. Red Zone counties are updated daily on the incidence rate map on kycovid19.ky.gov.

Besehar said when a county turns red, they are already asking schools to go virtual and for sports to pause, and they restrict visitation in long-term care facilities.

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Red Zone Reduction Recommendations:

  • Employers should allow employees to work from home when possible
  • Government offices that do not provide critical services need to operate virtually
  • Reduce in-person shopping; order online or pickup curbside as much as possible
  • Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars
  • Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce the mask mandate and other guidelines
  • Reschedule, postpone or cancel public events
  • Do not host or attend gatherings of any size
  • Avoid non-essential activities outside your home
  • Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance, including the 10 Steps to Defeat COVID-19

Besehar reminded Kentuckians of existing actions and guidance his administration has taken, including: a mask mandateHealthy at Work requirements for bars and restaurants, businesses and retail, health care, employers, childcare and indoor and outdoor arenas; a travel advisory and an order limiting private gatherings to 10 people or less. The administration has also implemented guidance to help long-term care facilities, correctional institutions, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, sports groups and published the 10 Steps to Defeat COVID-19.

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October 27, 2020 | 12:10 am

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