State officials announced yesterday 258 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, prompting Governor Andy Beshear to limit the size of social gatherings to 10 people. Monday’s numbers, on top of almost 1500 new cases over the weekend, resulted in Beshear also recommending a 14-day quarantine for people traveling to other states with substantial outbreaks.
The travel guidelines are not a mandate, but officials are asking people traveling to states with an infection rate of 15 percent or higher to quarantine for two weeks when they return to Kentucky. Those states include Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada.
In the Lake Cumberland area, Russell County, with 4 new cases reported yesterday, led the area, bringing the county’s total to 20 active cases. There was one new death reported yesterday in Casey County. There are currently 228 active cases in the Lake Cumberland area, and health officials say 71% of ICU beds in the area are being utilized.