Beshear urges Kentuckians to keep celebrations small to prevent further COVID spread

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 3,408 new COVID-19 cases and again asked all Kentuckians to follow safety precautions during Thanksgiving as cases surge in the commonwealth and across the country.

“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and usually we get together with about 15 people,” said Beshear. “This year, we just can’t do that. I’m really disappointed, like all of us are, but protecting my parents, my kids, our neighbors and all of our health care workers has to come first. I’m grateful for all Kentuckians who are sacrificing this year to keep each other safe.”

Locally, Edmonson and Metcalfe counties did not have any new cases reported Wednesday. Warren County saw an increase of 37, Barren County cases grew by seven, Logan County by nine, Butler County by six, Allen county by 17, Simpson County by eight and Hart County by 10.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Americans avoid Thanksgiving travel.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday Beshear reported the following COVID-19 numbers:

  • New cases today: 3,408
  • New deaths today: 26
  • Positivity rate: 8.88%
  • Total deaths: 1,835
  • Currently hospitalized: 1,734
  • Currently in ICU: 409
  • Currently on ventilator: 216

The red zone counties for this week can be found here. Community leaders, businesses, schools and families in these counties should all follow red zone reduction recommendations.

Those reported lost to the virus today include a 60-year-old woman from Barren County; an 82-year-old man from Christian County; a 94-year-old woman from Daviess County; a 62-year-old man from Edmonson County; an 87-year-old man from Floyd County; a 91-year-old woman from Hancock County; a 90-year-old man from Hardin County; two women, ages 67 and 89, and three men, ages 62, 68 and 79, from Jefferson County; an 83-year-old man from Jessamine County; a 61-year-old woman from Lewis County; a 74-year-old woman and a 91-year-old man from Martin County; a 73-year-old woman from McLean County; a 98-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man from Monroe County; an 84-year-old man from Ohio County; two men, ages 79 and 87, from Oldham County; a 56-year-old woman from Spencer County; two women, ages 77 and 86, and a 77-year-old man from Warren County.

The Governor again reminded Kentuckians that receiving one negative COVID-19 test result days before a gathering can’t guarantee that you won’t infect others at that event.

More Information
To view the full daily reportincidence rate mapnew statewide requirements, testing locations, long term-care and other congregate facilities update, school reports and guidancered zone countiesred zone recommendations, the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and other key guidance visit,

New requirements impact restaurants, bars, social gatherings, indoor fitness and recreation centers, venues and theaters, professional services and schools. See the full executive orders here and here.