Kentucky reports highest single-day total for COVID-19 cases

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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)- Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Kentucky reported its highest single-day total for COVID-19 cases, with 1,163 cases. The news comes after Beshear says he tested negative for COVID-19 and Beshear reiterated that he believes his statewide mask mandate is helping.

While he says he will not issue an executive order for schools who do not follow the state’s recommendation to wait until September 28 to offer in-person learning, Beshear says he is keeping that option open in the event of a massive outbreak. However, Beshear says he disagrees with the decision of some Catholic schools to offer in-person learning.

Beshear also responded to criticisms comparing Churchill Downs allowing some spectators for the Kentucky Derby to schools by saying it is a “false equivalency” to compare the two.

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(This story was originally published on Aug. 12, 2020)

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