Gov. Beshear Provides Memorial Day Guidelines
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - During his Tuesday update, Governor Andy Beshear provided some guidelines to help everyone have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack shared that while celebrating together is crucial, all Kentuckians should keep gatherings to ten people or less.

"Our actions have direct implications on the health and safety of others," said Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack. "This weekend is the first time in Kentucky that we are going to permit over the last two months or so gatherings of up to 10 people. In order to do this safely and minimize the risk of infection being spread and to keep people safe, we have to do this right."

He also asks that everyone continue social distancing of at least six feet, wear masks, gather outside rather than inside, wash your hands frequently, and keeping your food covered.

As of Tuesday there were 164 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 8,069. There are currently 443 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus, with 269 of those in the ICU. Beshear announced 20 more deaths related to the outbreak, the state's largest single-day total since the global pandemic began. He says the high death count was based in part on the timing of some reports. Although a total of 366 have passed away as a result of the virus, 2,826 Kentuckians have recovered.

You can see Beshear's full update below.


Published 04:16 PM, Tuesday May. 19, 2020
Updated 06:25 PM, Tuesday May. 19, 2020



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