He said that this will be enforced by local health departments and others. Beshear said that people with health conditions that will not allow them to wear a mask are exempt.
Beshear said that consequences will start with a warning. Chronic refusals will lead to a fine. For businesses that are refusing to comply, Beshear said there will be "significant penalties", including potentially closing those businesses down.
"We are seeing an explosion of COVID across the country. That's why early action is so important. We can't wait until we're getting thousands a day to take certain actions," said Gov. Beshear. "In the midst of a worldwide health pandemic, wearing a mask makes a lot of sense. Is it too much to ask? We are still in a battle and it's not going away. We have a dangerous and deadly virus out there and we are now seeing a regular increase in cases in Kentucky."
Beshear says health experts now say wearing a mask not only protects others but also decreases the risk of infection by around 65%.
"If you weren't willing to do it for other people before, I hope you're willing to do it for yourself and for your family now," he said.
A drive-thur testing location will be added in Independence as well for next week. You can sign up here: https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing
|Univ. of Kentucky coach John Calipari volunteered to add his "mask up" PSA during the press conference.|
THURSDAY 7/9/20 - SUMMARY UPDATE from Governor Andy Beshear:
> NEW CASES: 333 new cases, 402 yesterday. (Total number in Ky: 18,235).
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Kenton Co. - data coming (852 tota)
Campbell Co. - data coming (303 total)
Grant Co. - data coming (61 total)
- Over 461,756 tests completed to date in Kentucky.
- Total patients who have been hospitalized: 2,747.
- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 457.
- Total Patients admitted to ICU: 1,007.
- Still Currently in ICU: 105, 111 yesterday.
- Recovered Patients: 4,939.
Total Death Toll: 612
Total Death Toll NKY: Kenton 36 (2nd most); Boone 23; Campbell 12; Grant 4).
- 60 percent of hospital beds occupied
- 73.55 percent of ICU beds occupied
- 25.9 percent of ventilators occupied