Gov. Beshear: 94 Red Zone Counties Need to Act Now

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced 94 red zone counties during his Thursday briefing, and implored Kentuckians to follow red zone recommendations and school recommendations, as other states are reportedly experiencing tragic milestones in the nationwide battle against COVID-19.

“Remember, what this is supposed to do is provide a way for communities to come together to stop the virus,” said Gov. Beshear regarding the red zone recommendations suggested by his cabinet. “The biggest employer in Franklin County is the state government, and we will be following the red zone recommendations next week. Anybody who can work virtually is going to work virtually. Any service that can be done virtually will be. We are going to live up to what we’re asking other people to do.”

Even though the red zone recommendations suggest reducing in-person shopping and avoiding dining in, Gov. Beshear urged Kentuckians to continue supporting local businesses through online ordering and getting take-out food orders.

As of 4 p.m., Nov. 12, Gov. Beshear reported 2,343 new cases and 18 new deaths related to COVID-19. This brings the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate to 8.29% and the total death number to 1,622.