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"Additional Steps" Will Be Announced Today Amid COVID-19 Surge

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he plans to announce further action Monday aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Kentucky reported its second-highest daily total with 836 more positive cases of the virus on Saturday and a daily record of 979 confirmed cases on July 19. The number of cases dropped to 316 on Sunday with four more fatalities, however Sunday's tend to be artificially low because many labs close over the weekend. The state's positivity rate remains above 5%.

Among the topics Beshear will address on Monday are public schools. Last week Beshear announced new limits on social gatherings and a travel advisory to combat the escalation of cases. Earlier this month he ordered most people to wear face coverings in public.

On Sunday, Beshear met with Dr. Deborah Birx, part of the COVID-19 White House Task Force for guidance moving forward saying, “I will not let us become an Alabama, a Florida or an Arizona. We’ve got to take proactive steps and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

For states like Kentucky that are seeing a rise in the number of positive Coronavirus cases Dr. Birx recommended:
-close bars
-cut back indoor restaurant capacity
-limit social gatherings to 10 people. (current KY mandate)
-“100%" of us wear masks in public or around others
Dr. Birx also suggested that you wear a mask at home if you live with anyone who may be at high risk if they were to become infected by the virus or if you live in a multi-generational household.