The continuing acceleration of new coronavirus cases across Kentucky on Wednesday may lead to additional requirements from the public as early as today. The numbers escalating rapidly here in Russell County as well.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced yesterday the state had 402 new cases of COVID-19, ratcheting the statewide total number of cases to almost 18,000.
Another six people died yesterday from the novel coronavirus, their ages ranging from 67 to 77. The state’s death toll is now at 608.
Beshear repeated on Wednesday that the state’s “rising case numbers are cause for concern,” adding that, in his televised news conference on Thursday, “we’re going to announce some new requirements that are going to be mandatory.”
Governors in close to 20 states have in recent weeks moved from recommending to now requiring that masks be worn in public, including in Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and New York.
In Russell County yesterday, four new cases were confirmed, with three released from home self-isolation. Russell County now has 21 active cases with 20 on home self-isolation and one is hospitalized in Danville.