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New recommendations for "red zone" counties coming on Monday

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 22:11:14-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — After a record-setting weekend of COVID-19 cases, Governor Andy Beshear is expecting to announce new recommendations for Kentucky counties with a high rate of cases.

On Saturday, 1,738 cases were reported. On Sunday, the number was slightly less at 1,462, but that is still the highest reported in Kentucky on a Sunday.

The state's positivity rate was recorded at 5.63 percent this weekend, which is higher than last weekend's positivity rate which was 4.7 percent.

Governor Beshear says steep increases like this could mean more changes for counties that are in the red zone.

"We've got to do better, and Monday we're going to be talking about new recommendations to counties that are in the red. We've got to tamp down these cases," said Governor Beshear.

Red zone means that a county has 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people. Right now, that's more than 1/3 of the counties across the state, including Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Laurel, Rockcastle, Garrard, Clay, Nicholas, and Fleming Counties.

"The more cases, the more people that end up in the hospital, and the more people that die. Do what it takes to protect your neighbor, to protect their life, that's what we are fighting for, that's what we are fighting, for now, life and death," said Governor Beshear.

Fayette County is currently in the orange zone, but each month cases have risen.

Just a few days ago, Fayette County Public Schools decided to continue virtual learning through the end of the semester.