State Officials Remind Kentuckians of Rising COVID-19 Cases Ahead of Thanksgiving

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Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians today that COVID-19 cases are already surging across both the commonwealth and the entire nation. According to Beshear, the virus’ exponential growth could accelerate further after the Thanksgiving holiday if families don’t celebrate differently this year.  

“The number of people we lose is compounded when community spread is as high as it is and when it overwhelms the health care capacity of a state or region. This is happening in real time across the country,” said Gov. Beshear. “It’s starting to happen here in Kentucky. If we do not stop the exponential growth of cases, we will exceed our health care capacity. We will experience more loss and more death than we have to.”

State health officials are advising Kentuckians to avoid travel and only have dinner with people who live in their household, or at a maximum, people from two households (no more than eight people total).

“Protect your family at Thanksgiving this year so they will be here at Christmas next year,” said Gov. Beshear.

Just today, the state of Ohio announced 98 COVID-19 deaths; Indiana announced 103.

In addition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) recommends the following for celebrating Thanksgiving safely:

Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household

Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others

Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family

Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday

Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home with only people who live in your household