FRANKFORT, Ky. — The coronavirus numbers of Kentucky are in and this was the highest week ever for new COVID-19 cases shattering the previous record by 3,766 cases. Sunday Gov. Andy Beshear announced 2,194 new cases.

“This upcoming holiday week is a special time for all of our families, and I know everyone wants to have a normal Thanksgiving after such a difficult year,” said Gov. Beshear. “I wish more than anything that we could go back to normal safely, but we can’t. In order to protect our only line of health care workers and all of our fellow Kentuckians, keep gatherings small (eight people or fewer and two households at most), wear a mask, wash your hands and stay six feet apart.


“If we have a major surge of COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, our hospitals will simply not have the capacity to give everyone the care they need. Nothing is worth that risk.”

Kentucky's positivity rate jumped Sunday from 9.14% to 9.19%.  The governor's office announced there were four deaths since yesterday bringing the total number of deaths to 1,797. 1,533 Kentuckians are hospitalized and of those 389 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 208 are on ventilators. 

The governor issued new requirements that go into effect Mon., Nov. 23.  Restaurants, bar, social gatherings, fitness and recreation centers, theaters, schools, and professional services are affected. 

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