Beshear extends mask order; announces new state fair guidelines

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 3:42 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear provided an update for Kentuckians on COVID-19 in the state.

Gov. Beshear announced that he is extending the mandatory mask order another 30 days. He also says that the Kentucky State Fair will be limited to participants only. The fair will also require face masks and employees handling cash have to wear gloves.

The governor reported 516 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state total to 33,254 cases. He says the state is seeing a 5.51 percent positivity rate.

There were eight new deaths reported by Gov. Beshear on Thursday, raising the state total to 760.

Among the new cases reported Thursday were 12 children under the age of five.

The governor says there are currently 701 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and 140 people in the ICU. There have been at least 674,490 tests performed and at least 8,523 people who have recovered from the virus.

Gov. Beshear says to expect new orders on Monday regarding bars and restaurants. He says we can expect restaurant capacity to increase to 50 percent, and a 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants. Beshear is still highly encouraging outdoor seating.

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