New recommendations will go into effect Monday for Campbell and Kenton counties, which were designated as “red” on Kentucky’s incidence rate map on Thursday.
That includes reducing in-person shopping and using curbside pickup when possible, avoiding all informal gatherings, ordering take-out from restaurants instead of dining in, employers allowing people to work from home if possible, and operating “non-critical” government offices virtually.
For schools in “red” counties, Kentucky has recommended switching to virtual learning and canceling extracurricular activities including sports for at least two weeks and until the county returns to “yellow” status.
That guidance is in effect when Kentucky’s positivity rate is less than 6%. Despite Kentucky’s positivity rate reaching 6.04% on Thursday, Beshear said the current guidance for schools will remain through at least next week. “Now is the time for community leaders, business leaders, school system, government — if you’re in a red county, make your plans for next week. This is our shot — seven days — to get out of the red,” Beshear said.