Gov. Beshear announces red zone county recommendations; 5.84% positivity rate

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 3:38 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear has provided an update on COVID-19 cases in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear reported 953 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 97,866 cases. The governor says the state is seeing a 5.84 percent positivity rate.

There were three reported COVID-19 related deaths on Monday. The state death total is now 1,410.

Those reported lost to the virus today include a 75-year-old man from Garrard County; a 73-year-old woman from Graves County; and a 54-year-old man from Lewis County.

As of Monday, 858 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 related reasons, 253 are in the ICU, and 112 are on ventilators. At least 17,881 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

The state is releasing recommendations for when a county hits the red zone. Those recommendations include having employers allowing employees to work from home when possible, non-critical governmental offices operate virtually, reduce in-person shopping and order online or curbside pickup, order take-out and avoid dining in, avoid non-essential activities outside your home and more. Again, those recommendations are for counties that are in the red zone.

Red zone counties are those with 25 or more average daily cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents.

“Every Kentuckian in a red zone county needs to work together to protect one another by following these recommendations,” Gov. Beshear said. “Now is not the time to give up – this is a time when more people are going to be at risk. It is a time when we need everyone to do better.”

A list of the red counties can be found here.

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