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As virus surges, Gov. Beshear suggests more restrictions to come

Posted at 9:27 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 23:11:45-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — As the number of coronavirus cases continues to escalate in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear suggested that he could announce more restrictions later this week.

"This [virus] is going crazy," Gov. Beshear said at his daily briefing Monday. "It is spreading like wildfire, almost completely uncontrolled across the country."

Gov. Beshear said if we "don't see a change in the numbers" by Wednesday, he will announce additional steps to try to curb the spread of the virus.

When asked what these steps might entail, the governor offered few details, but did suggest they would not be as sweeping as those taken in the past.

"If we have to take additional steps, it will not look like what we went through in March, in April, and into May," Beshear explained. "At that time, we did not have enough testing; we had almost no PPE to protect those in hospitals; we didn't know the most effective ways to treat this virus so the mortality rate was through the roof."

Gov. Beshear said the steps would be "more targeted," but suggested they would require strong compliance.

"It will mean that we, all across the state--with 100 plus counties being red and with everything else being orange--are going to have to be in this together," Beshear said.