The governor of Kentucky has recognized in a report that the state has “taken the right steps” but maintained that “we have no control over the virus”.
“We have no control over this virus,” he said. “And sending tens of thousands of our children back to face-to-face classes when we are not in control of this virus is not the right thing to do for these children, it is not the right thing. to do for their faculty and that is not the right thing to do as governor.
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– Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) August 10, 2020
The governor also highlighted the coronavirus “outbreaks” in Georgia and Indiana as schools returned in recent weeks and to Kentucky families who continue to take vacations to states like South Carolina and Florida, where the daily number of cases remained high.
“Deep down I want us to go back to teaching in person, but asking our kids to go with all of our teachers and professors at a time when it’s not safe is something we can’t ask them. , and I’m not prepared to do it, ”Beshear said at the press conference.
Originally, the governor delayed the reopening of schools until the third week of August. State guidelines require that first graders and up wear masks and that all students have their temperature checked and remain socially distant, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.
The Kentucky Education Association said last week that public schools should only reopen in person if statewide positivity rates remain below 4%, according to the newspaper. Beshear reported on Monday that the rate was 5.71% on Monday.
Kentucky saw its biggest single-day increase in new cases in two weeks on Saturday with 801 new cases, the Courier Journal reported. The state currently has a seven-day average of 621 cases per day, according to Le New York Times.
The governor also told the press conference that the state’s data provider had not fully reported all case numbers before Kentucky released its total number of cases last week.