Dr. Deborah Birx speaks with Gov. Beshear, local health officials in Frankfort
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Dr. Deborah Birx, with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, spoke with reporters in Frankfort after meeting with Governor Andy Beshear and other health leaders in Kentucky about COVID-19 conditions in the state.
Dr. Birx said with the rising number of COVID-19 cases, she recommends Kentucky close bars, further limit indoor dining and encourage more widespread mask wearing outside and inside.
Dr. Birx said currently the virus is spreading more amongst households. She encouraged people to wear masks to protect vulnerable family members.
She also agreed with Beshear’s 10 person gathering limit, saying now is the time to stop attending large social gatherings.
“We have a real call to action for every Kentuckian to wear a mask, and to protect those in their families by not going to large social gatherings,” Birx said. “If they do, to make sure they’re protecting those in their families that have substantial vulnerabilities that we know are related to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and chronic lung, heart or kidney disease.”
Dr. Birx spoke on the importance of wearing masks and strictly observing social distancing protocols in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. She said it’s the White House’s top priority to get students back in school, but said it will require the majority of the population to comply with health guidelines.
Governor Beshear also spoke at the briefing, saying that more regulations will be announced on Monday, but did not go into detail about what those regulations would be.
Watch the entire briefing below, and tune in to WKYT News at 6 for further analysis and review.
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