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80 Kentucky counties in the 'red zone,' Gov. Beshear says residents should follow recommendations

Posted at 4:35 PM, Nov 05, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear has announced 80 of Kentucky's 120 counties are in the "red zone" right now. That means the county has 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people.

The governor is advising people in these counties to follow the "Red Zone Reduction Recommendations," which include employees working from home, students learning virtually, and postponement of public/private gatherings starting Monday.

Recommendations include:

  • Employers allow employees to work from home when possible
  • Non-critical government offices to operate virtually
  • Reduce in-person shopping; order online or curbside pickup
  • Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants or bars
  • Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce mask mandate and other guidelines
  • Reschedule, postpone, or cancel public and private events
  • Do not host or attend gatherings of any size
  • Avoid non-essential activities outside of your home
  • Reduce overall activity and contacts, and follow existing guidance, including 10 steps to defeat COVID-19

Schools are already advised to go virtual in the "red zone," and long-term care facilities are told they should cut visitations.

The governor is calling on employers and local governments in "red zones" to allow as many people to work virtually as possible.

Gov. Beshear stressed these are not mandates and are solely recommendations on how people can make their community safer.

To see if your county is in a red zone, click here.