Governor Andy Beshear reiterated the Department of Health’s travel advisory Tuesday against traveling to states where the coronavirus positivity rate is 15 percent or more than 15 percent of COVID-19 tests, which include Ohio.
This state currently has a positivity rate of 15.87% and is the next state out of fifteen on the current list.
The report was first issued on July 20 and recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who have traveled to one of the countries on the list. This quarantine policy applies to all vacation travel.
Meanwhile, Beshear reported an additional 2,690 confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state on Tuesday, including 71 in Boone County, 45 in Kenton Co., 25 in Campbell Co., 20 in Pendleton Co., and 13 in Grant Co.
Beshear hesitated about the virus’s potential exponential growth during the Thanksgiving holiday when families aren’t celebrating far away.
“The number of people we lose increases when the prevalence in the community is as high as it is and when it overwhelms the health capacity of a state or region. This is happening across the country in real time, ”said Beshear. “It’s starting to happen here in Kentucky. If we don’t stop the exponential growth of the cases, we will exceed our health capacity. We will see more casualties and more deaths than necessary. “
The governor urged Kentuckians to avoid traveling and only dine with people who live in their household, or at most with people from two different households with no more than eight people in total.
“During this year’s Thanksgiving Day, protect your family so they can be here for Christmas next year,” said Beshear.
Beshear said that receiving a negative COVID-19 test result days before a congregation does not guarantee that you will not infect others in that event.
“It can take time for an infection to show up on a test,” said Beshear. “Please keep your Thanksgiving celebration as small as possible.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Americans avoid Thanksgiving travel.
Kentucky also recorded 17 other COVID-19-related deaths, including a 78-year-old Kenton County woman, and an 8.82% positivity rate.
There are currently 1,658 people in the hospital, 390 of them in intensive care units and 207 on ventilators.