More time needed to get COVID-19 under control before schools open, Beshear says

Gov. Beshear gives update on COVID-19 in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - A few days after making a recommendation for schools to delay the start of in-person learning, Gov. Andy Beshear talked about the reasoning behind that decision.

The governor suggested schools wait till September 28 to allow students back in class on Monday.

One of the reasons for this was, as Gov. Beshear explained, the state needs more time to get COVID-19 under control.

On the day he announced Kentucky’s single highest number of new cases in a day with 1,163, Gov. Beshear said he couldn’t imagine sending kids back to school during the peak of the state’s COVID-19 fight.

The governor did pose a question to the schools that are defying his recommendation and choosing to start in-person learning before Sept. 28 as the Diocese of Covington is doing.

“If you’re gonna go ahead with this [sending kids back to school], what’s the testing plan,” Gov. Beshear asked.

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While he did not mention the Diocese of Covington specifically, he said any school system making a similar decision needs to have a plan for testing.

The governor added that schools need to have an option ready for virtual learning, which the Diocese of Covington said they do, in case there is a need to close the school.

The Diocese of Covington said they have created various models for beginning the school year under the guidance of their “COVID-19 Return to School Requirements,” including an option for parents to choose at-home learning.

Gov. Beshear said he would not sign an executive order to shut a school down if they do not follow his Sept. 28 recommendation.

“We will get our kids back in school if it is humanly possible, but we’re gonna do it safely without kids being guinea pigs,” the governor stated.

The governor updated Kentucky’s travel advisory on Wednesday.

Here are the nine states under Kentucky’s travel advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Washington

The advisory recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for Kentucky residents traveling to these any of the states listed above.

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