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Monday, August 10, 2020

Gov. Beshear recommends that schools suspend in-person classes until September 28

Governor Andy Beshear gave a recommendation today for schools to suspend holding in-person classes until September 28. 

Leading up to this, Beshear said that we shouldn’t restart in-person classes until we’re in a decline, noting that we are "at best in an apex."

"To start and stop—going between in-person and virtual—would be disruptive," said Gov. Beshear. "In my very core, I want us to get back to in-person instruction, but to ask our kids to go in with all our teachers and faculty probably at a time when it's not safe, it's something that we can't ask them, and I'm not willing to." 

Citing fresh concern over the state's COVID-19 positivity rate and case numbers, dozens of the newly reported cases in recent weeks have been children age five or younger, causing additional concern for Beshear and state health officials.

Lt. Gov. Coleman, holding her new-born daughter, addressed Kentuckians by noting the decision to recommend virtual learning until the end of September was not one made lightly.

“I'm an educator too. Right now, our best bet is to give our schools time to prepare, give the virus time to die down,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman.

New Guidelines

In addition to the recommendation on schools delaying in-person classes, there were new guidelines issues for restaurants and bars. Bars are now allowed to open today, requiring seats for each patron. 

Both restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity so long as businesses can maintain six feet distance, all customers being seated, no congregating at the bar, all food and drink service to stop by 10:00 p.m. and closing by 11:00 p.m. and all staff and customers to wear masks. 

MONDAY 8/10/20 - SUMMARY UPDATE from Governor Andy Beshear:

These number are "artificially low" according to Beshear. These numbers will be revised tomorrow. 

"There should be a large asterisk after today's numbers," said Gov. Beshear. 

> NEW CASES: 275 new cases. (Total number in Ky: 35,254). 
13 children under 5 years old testing positive for Covid-19. 

Kenton Co. - 41
Boone Co. - data coming
Campbell Co. - data coming
Grant Co. - data coming 

- Over 700,417 tests completed to date in Kentucky.
- 5.71% positivity rate (down from 6% on Saturday).

- Total Patients Currently in Hospital: 641.
- Still Currently in ICU: 155.
- Recovered Patients: 8,738.

Total deaths count: 775

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