Beshear: Cases must start to ‘level off’ to avoid more restrictions

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – Governor Andy Beshear announced 611 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, continuing the highest week of cases seen in the state since the pandemic began.

There are also 21 new cases of children under the age of five and seven additional deaths. The positivity rate remains high at 4.94%, a large jump over the past two weeks.

Governor Beshear said that the mask mandate should start reflecting in the numbers next week, when he expects to see a ‘leveling off’ of cases. If the numbers continue to rise next week, the governor said he will consider implementing additional steps at that time. Some of the suggested steps from the White House include reducing capacity in restaurants and closing bars, but Governor Beshear said he hopes he does not have to resort to these steps.

Governor Beshear also discussed university plans for the fall. He said he hopes universities will adopt robust testing and take steps such as quarantining students who are coming from areas experiencing a surge.

The governor said the state is seeing cluster spread in children, specifically in instances like high school sports teams and childcare facilities.

The state also signed a contract on Thursday to allow nursing home labs to bill the state directly for maintenance testing of residents every two weeks.

Governor Beshear also discussed concerns with students going back to school. He said many schools are waiting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks to make decisions about virtual or in-person instruction as well as pushing back start dates.

Beshear also discussed errors in testing data, citing that errors are very low and the overall data is incredibly accurate.

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(This story was originally published on July 23, 2020)

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