The coronavirus is raging through the Midwest and Kentucky isn't being sparred. Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear reported 2,318 new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, the second largest number since reporting positive results. Granted, 1,400 positive cases where from a backlog of cases in Fayette County.
Currently, there are 1,102 hospitalized patients due to COVID-19 including 281 in intensive care units and 129 on ventilators in Kentucky. The numbers are continuing to rise as the state's positivity rate is now 6.5%. There were 20 reported deaths on Thursday.
Out of 120 counties, 80 of them are in the red zone due to high coronavirus incidence rates. Now is the time to wear masks, wash your hands, social distance, and do all that we can as Kentuckians to slow/stop the spread. See below for additional recommendations to follow during this critical time.
Paducah Public Schools has decided to join McCracken County Schools and begin virtual learning today, Friday, November 6 in response to recommendations set forth by the Purchase Area Health Department.
There will be some students in our area that will struggle with virtual learning. School systems are still waiting on computers to be delivered. In addition to lack of equipment, some student's don't have the internet in their homes. Increasing broadband access across the state was a big political issue in western Kentucky this election. One yet to be resolved.
McCracken County Schools said the increase in the number of staff members in quarantine is the reason the school district is switching to all virtual learning.
Both district plan to reevaluate virtual instruction on a weekly basis. The next review is scheduled for November 13.
Recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19:
Employers should allow employees to work form home when possible.
Government offices that don't provide critical services nee to operate virtually.
Reduce in-person shopping; order online or pickup curbside.
Order take-out; avoid dining in restaurants and bars.
Prioritize businesses that follow and enforce the mask mandate and other guidelines
Don't host or attend gatherings of any size.
Avoid non-essential activities outside your home.
Reduce overall activity and contacts, follow existing guidance, including the 10 Steps to Defeat COVID-19.