Beshear calls CDC’s change in testing guidance “hurts us all”

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FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear says protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror” to force their will on others. The Democratic governor on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 referred to the protesters as a mob. He said he won’t back down as he condemned the rally that spread to where his children play at the Governor’s Mansion. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) The CDC has updated guidance on testing, now saying those who have been in close contact with someone who has had the virus may not need to be tested. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear doesn’t agree.

In his daily press conference, Gov. Beshear says the change is reckless and, “It contradicts everything that we know about this virus, it is inexplicable. And in Kentucky, we’re going to still continue to do the right thing. I believe the CDC is going to change that new guidance, it doesn’t make any sense at all.”

The CDC site now says: “If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms, you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one.”

Dr. Stack also addressed confusion surrounding the new guidance from the CDC. He says the new guidance seems to suggest that if you have a high risk exposure incident, you don’t need to get tested. Stack encourages Kentuckians to get tested if they have a high risk expose, and says they shouldn’t use the new guidance as an excuse not to get tested.

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(This story was originally published on Aug. 26, 2020)

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