Beshear reports 2,120 new cases of COVID-19 in Ky. Tuesday, releases Thanksgiving guidance

Beshear reports 2,120 new cases of COVID-19 in Ky. Tuesday, releases Thanksgiving guidance
Gov. Andy Beshear (Source: Governor Andy Beshear - YouTube)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - Governor Beshear provided another update Tuesday evening on the commonwealth’s fight against the novel coronavirus.

Beshear began the new update with Humana’s commitment to hiring 600 veterans and military spouses in Kentucky on the eve of Veterans Day.

The health insurance company announced that the new hires will come over the next four years creating more opportunities for veterans, which the governor said is a “welcome addition” to Kentucky’s goal of being the most military and veteran friendly state in America.

Tuesday’s report confirmed 2,120 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. It is the highest number of cases reported on a Tuesday, and the fifth-highest day reported overall according to the new data.

Total number of COVID cases within Kentucky is now at 124,646.

“This thing is spreading, it is spreading really fast, and we need your help,” Beshear said.

Kentucky’s seven-day positivity rate on a rolling average is now at 7.68 percent.

An additional 14 deaths due to COVID-19 were confirmed in Tuesday’s report, bringing the total number of deaths due to the virus in Kentucky to 1,590.

The governor also gave some remarks on holiday gatherings, including for Thanksgiving which is coming up in around two weeks.

“We’re asking you and pleading with you to do it right,” Beshear said. “Because that person that you may think you will really miss sitting across the table from you this year, I wanna make sure is across the table from you next year. And this right now is the most dangerous time we’ve had in this virus.”

Health officials have continued to urge for Thanksgiving gatherings this year to be only with immediate family, and to continue following safety guidelines.

The state’s guidelines unveiled today include:

  • Avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.
  • Always wear a face covering or a mask.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least six feet or more.
  • Avoid large gatherings, especially those held indoors.
  • Do not host or attend crowded parades.
  • Avoid shopping in crowded stores before, on, or after Thanksgiving.

For additional information on positive cases and breakdowns on county, race and ethnicity, visit the Team Kentucky COVID-19 website.

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