Kentuckians react to new travel advisory, gathering order made

Green River District reports 31 new COVID-19 cases; Hopkins Co. up 12 cases

Kentuckians react to new travel advisory, gathering order made

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave a coronavirus update.

Gov. Beshear announces 258 new cases, bringing the total in the Commonwealth to 23,414. He states there’s one new death.

Officials state 6,876 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

7/20 Beshear update

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announces a new travel advisory and pullback on mass gathering guidance.

“We know how to stop the spread of this virus,” said Beshear. “We know how to, now doing it a little more complicated because we also want to continue to build up our economy.”

Gov. Beshear reduces the number of people gathering together from 50 people to 10 people.

“There is so much that is unknown at this point about the virus and until you are much more familiar with what you are dealing with, you have to take massive precautions,” Mary Evans expressed.

This new travel advisory recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who went to the eight states listed below. Places like Arizona, Florida, and Texas; states that are equal to or over 15 percent positivity. It also includes Mississippi, which is inching closer to that mark.

Travel advisory for 9 states
Travel advisory for 9 states (Source: wfie)

“I am appealing to Kentuckians who have traveled to these states or to Puerto Rico to consider the interest of your health and the health of others,” said Dr. Stack. “Please, if you have been to any of these places, stay home for 14 days, starting from the date you left that location.”

“I certainly support it for myself because I have two elderly parents to come home and help take care of,” said Penny Skelton said.

At the end of June- the original guidance was eased to allow for gathers of 50 or fewer people. Now the order returns to limit to 10 or fewer people.

“It’s a step in the right direction; I do feel we need several more steps,” Evans added.

It does not apply to weddings, restaurants, retail or other public venues. The Governor said they are seeing clusters created by backyard barbeques and block parties.

Governor Beshear also took part in a call from Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials Sunday.

The bottom line is: businesses could be impacted by mandated restrictions in parts of the county with major surges.

You can watch it live below.

The Green River District Health Department is reporting 31 additional COVID-19 cases.

Of those new cases, 12 are in Daviess County, nine are in Henderson County, four are in Ohio County, three are in Webster County, two are in Union County and one is in McLean County.

Green River health officials say they had a total of 1,286 cases in the district. They say the district-wide recovered cases in now 1,006.

The Hopkins County Health Department website is showing 12 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the county’s total confirmed cases to 347. Of the total, 234 have recovered.

[Kentucky Coronavirus Website]

The Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing this week. To schedule an appointment, visit the GRDHD website.

Green River District testing site locations
Green River District testing site locations (Source: Green River District Health Department)

Here are the current numbers in our area of Kentucky:

  • Muhlenberg Co. - 591 cases, 9 deaths, 537 recovered
  • Daviess Co. - 569 cases, 7 deaths, 463 recovered
  • Hopkins Co. - 347 cases, 34 deaths, 234 recovered
  • Ohio Co. - 309 cases, 1 death, 222 recovered
  • Henderson Co. - 237 cases, 4 deaths, 195 recovered
  • Webster Co. - 65 cases, 49 recovered
  • McLean Co. - 37 cases, 1 death, 28 recovered
  • Union Co. - 36 cases, 27 recovered
  • Hancock Co. - 33 cases, 22 recovered

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