Gov. Beshear mandates masks in all Ky. schools

Green River District reports 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 523 new cases since Fri.
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Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 6:28 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2021 at 11:10 AM CDT
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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear gave a Team Kentucky update on COVID-19 in the Commonwealth Tuesday afternoon.

He said without intervention, cases will continue to rise.

Gov. Beshear had already made it known that he strongly recommended Kentucky schools mandate masks.

He showed an example of a district who was not mandating masks, who is dealing with hundreds of COVID cases.

Gov. Beshear gave kudos to schools who have already mandated masks, including Dawson Springs Independent.

He says he is now signing an executive order requiring masks in all Kentucky schools.

  • All individuals – all teachers, staff, students and visitors – must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors in all public and private preschool, Head Start, elementary, middle and high schools (preschool through grade 12) in Kentucky, including but not limited to inside of vehicles used for transportation such as school buses, regardless of vaccination status; and
  • All staff, visitors and children ages 2 and older who are able to wear a face covering must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors in all child care settings in Kentucky, regardless of vaccination status.

“We are in the midst of the fastest surge that we have ever seen during COVID right now. This move is supported by medical organizations, local health department leaders, businesses and education leaders. It is also supported by the Kentucky Chamber, representing 3,800 member businesses across the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is a united front of saving lives, keeping our kids in school and keeping our economy and workforce going.”

The order includes a list of exemptions.

“We are at an alarming place,” said Gov. Beshear.

He said on Monday, the Commonwealth passed half a million total COVID cases.

He said Tuesday, we had the most new cases in a single day since January.

New Ky COVID cases 8/10
New Ky COVID cases 8/10(Gov. Beshear's Team Kentucky briefing)

He also showed most Kentucky counties are in “red” for case rates.

Gov. Beshear said COVID hospitalizations are increasing at an alarming rate. He says the the numbers are doubling every two weeks.

Ky. COVID hospitalizations
Ky. COVID hospitalizations(Team Kentucky Update)

The Green River District Health Department reported five new COVID-19 related deaths and 523 additional cases since Friday.

Officials say of those newly reported cases, 239 were in Daviess County, 100 were in Henderson County, 56 were in Ohio County, 50 were in Webster County, 49 were in Union County, 15 were in McLean County, 14 were in Hancock County.

Officials say three residents of Daviess County died, along with one resident of Mclean County and one from Ohio County.

They say all seven Green River District counties are in areas of high transmission.

Health leaders say 40 reported cases are currently hospitalized.

Tuesday, Muhlenberg County Health Officials reported 21 new cases.

Here are the all-time totals of confirmed positive cases and deaths in our area of Kentucky:

  • Daviess Co. - 11,912 cases, 197 deaths, 47.34% vaccinated
  • Muhlenberg Co. - 3,590 cases, 69 deaths
  • Hopkins Co. - 5,096 cases, 156 deaths
  • Ohio Co. - 2,863 cases, 57 deaths, 33.24% vaccinated
  • Henderson Co. - 5,460 cases, 83 deaths, 36.77% vaccinated
  • Webster Co. - 1,638 cases, 25 deaths, 35.00% vaccinated
  • McLean Co. - 969 cases, 31 deaths, 39.68% vaccinated
  • Union Co. - 1,592 cases, 17 deaths, 29.47% vaccinated
  • Hancock Co. - 935 cases, 16 deaths, 46.78% vaccinated

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