Beshear: Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday reminded Kentuckians that COVID-19 cases are already surging across the commonwealth and warned that the virus' exponential growth could accelerate further after the Thanksgiving holiday if our families don't celebrate differently this year.  

"The number of people we lose is compounded when community spread is as high as it is and when it overwhelms the health care capacity of a state or region. This is happening in real time across the country," said Beshear. "It's starting to happen here in Kentucky. If we do not stop the exponential growth of cases, we will exceed our health care capacity. We will experience more loss and more death than we have to."

Beshear has advised Kentuckians to avoid travel and only have dinner with people who live in their household, or at a maximum, people from two households with no more than eight people total.

"Protect your family at Thanksgiving this year so they will be here at Christmas next year," said Beshear.

Beshear reported 2,690 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the commonwealth to 162,838. He reported 17 new deaths, raising the total to 1,809 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

There are currently 1,658 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, with 390 people in the ICU and 207 on a ventilator.

The positivity rate is currently 8.82%.

You can see Beshear's full update below:

Published 05:14 PM, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2020
Updated 05:28 PM, Tuesday Nov. 24, 2020



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