Kentucky governor to quarantine with family after coronavirus exposure

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) and his family have started quarantining after a member of the governor's security detail received a positive test for the virus on Saturday evening, after driving the first family in the afternoon. 

The governor announced the family’s plans in a video on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

“The Beshear family has been committed since the start of COVID-19 to setting an example of doing all those things we’re asking Kentuckians to do,” he says in the video, adding “one of those things” is to answer contact tracer calls. 

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“Yesterday we got that call,” he said in his video message.

No one in the family has tested positive for the virus or is experiencing symptoms. The governor’s family will be tested regularly and will stay in quarantine until the Kentucky Department of Public Health permits them to leave, according to a release from the governor's office.

The security trooper was the last person outside of the family that they interacted with, Beshear said. 

“So thankfully there’s no additional exposure that’s out there at least related to us,” he said.

“We want to make sure we’re setting the example and that we’re also keeping other people around us safe that we’re walking the walk, not just talking the talk,” Beshear added. 

All of the family members and the security trooper wore masks during the drive. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state health agency recommends quarantine for those who were within six feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes, so the family will be following those directions.

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The governor said he will make his 4 p.m. address to the state from quarantine, “at least through this week.”