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- Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) will be announcing new COVID-19 guidelines as the state endures sweeping upticks.
- The state is one of many breaking records for new daily cases.
Facing a powerful resurgence in new COVID-19 infections, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) will be implementing new recommendations on Monday for counties deemed to have an elevated rate of COVID-19 transmission.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that counties in the state that are classified as “red zones,” signaling 25 or more average cases each day per 100,000 residents, will likely face greater restrictions on social gatherings, but the Journal reports that it isn’t clear what Beshear’s plan will entail.
Data from the Kentucky Department of Health indicate that more than 30 counties are categorized in the red zone.
"We've got to tamp down these cases," Beshear said on Saturday. "The more cases, the more people that end up in the hospital and the more people die.”
Kentucky is one of the many states breaking records for daily new COVID-19 cases, with September infection counts surpassing previous record-highs seen in July. Some of the counties showing the highest rates of infection include Jefferson, Fayette, Warren, Kenton, and Madison Counties.
Louisville alone has seen case numbers rising past the red zone level of transmission and reported more COVID-19 related deaths during October than in any other month during the pandemic.
Neighboring states Missouri, Indiana and Illinois are also witnessing strong upticks in new cases, according to New York Times aggregate data.
This comes as experts warn of harsh increases in COVID-19 cases with colder temperatures driving people indoors. The threat of overlapping outbreaks of influenza and COVID-19 also spell disaster for the U.S. health care apparatus.
"We are heading into a very substantial fall-winter surge," Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington's School of Medicine, told USA Today. "We expect that surge to steadily grow throughout different states, and at the national level continue to increase as we head towards quite high levels of daily death in late December and January."
In one of Beshear’s more recent COVID-19 responses, he renewed the mask mandate for another 30 days earlier in October.