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Gov. Andy Beshear announced 4,324 new cases of Covid-19 in Kentucky on Thursday — a single-day record, but Gov. Beshear did note that the growth of rate of infection is slowing.
“We do have the highest number of cases we’ve ever had today, but even with that, we’re tracking about 800 fewer cases than last week," said Gov. Beshear. We believe this shock to the system is working."
He also said he hopes to have guidance early next week that would allow in-person school to resume, even in counties that are coded as red. He also noted that he believes the restriction of in-person dining in restaurants will be able to resume, with restrictions, starting next Monday, 12/14.
On Dec. 14, Kentucky’s public health restrictions and recommendations will include:
-All public and private middle and high schools will continue remote instruction until Jan. 4, 2021. Elementary schools can return to in-person learning once their county is out of the red zone.
- Restaurants and bars can reopen at 50% capacity. Masks are required except when actively drinking or eating. Service must stop at 11 p.m.; establishments must close no later than 12 a.m.
- Indoor social gatherings are recommended to have no more than eight people from a maximum of two households. There is no recommended limit on the number of people from the same household. There is no limit on outdoor social gatherings.
- Gyms, fitness centers, pools and other indoor recreation facilities can operate at 50% capacity. Masks must be worn while exercising.
- Venues, event spaces and theaters can reopen at 50% capacity.
- Professional services can operate with up to 50% of employees working in-person; however, all employees who are able to work from home must do so.
Daily case numbers
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, daily update:
New cases today: 4,324 (3,114 yesterday)
New deaths today: 28 (20 yesterday)
Positivity rate: 9.13%
Total deaths: 2,146
Currently hospitalized: 1,756
Currently in ICU: 442
Currently on ventilator: 231
Kenton County: 132
Boone County: 115
Campbell County: 65
This story may be updated.