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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department explains why masks are more crucial now than ever

Virus Outbreak Britain Masks
Posted at 1:35 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 18:06:03-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As Kentucky continues to post record-breaking daily totals of new COVID-19 cases, so, too, does Fayette County.

Yesterday, Lexington reported its highest single-day total of new virus cases with 181.

Gov. Andy Beshear extended the statewide mask mandate this week. And with the continued rise in cases, some think masks are not helping slow the spread of the virus, but public health officials say that is far from the truth.

"We see too many people who not only aren't wearing their mask properly but people who get lax about wearing it. They're thinking, 'Well, I'm just running into this convenience store.' Or, 'It's just a quick trip into the grocery,'" Lexington-Fayette County Health Department spokesman Kevin Hall said. "It's not like that. You have to wear your mask."

Hall reminded people to remain diligent about not only mask-wearing, but hand washing, maintaining social distancing and adhering to the recommendations set out by Gov. Andy Beshear.

"This is not something that you can think about is going to happen to the rest of your lives," he said. "Just do this right now get through the next few months, even if it extends into 2022. Do it now, so that we can get back to how life used to be as (soon) as possible."

Hall said that with the cold winter days rapidly approaching, now is the time for the state to come together to do everything in its power to combat the virus.

"We're seeing simply too many people not following guidelines, not working together and fighting about this," he said. "We need to do everything we can to come together to battle this is one."