Kentucky’s Democratic Governor described the state’s surge in Covid cases as “disastrous” on Sunday, noting that Republican state legislators restricted his options for controlling a record wave of infections there. bottom.
In NBC’s “Meet the Press” news program, Governor Andy Beshear said, “If I had the ability to do that now, I would issue a masking order when you were in public or indoors.” I did. “We know that it is a proven way to slow the spread of the virus and ultimately help our medical capabilities.”
According to the New York Times database, Kentucky recorded an average of 4,423 new cases over a seven-day period on Saturday. Deaths and hospitalizations are also increasing. “Our situation is dire,” said Bescher.
The State Supreme Court recently ruled that lower courts could not thwart lawmakers’ attempts to curb Mr. Bescher’s emergency powers to deal with Covid. He tried to impose a thorough mask man date at school.
Mr. Bescher called for a special session of the state legislature starting Tuesday to deal with the crisis.
According to Bescher, National Guard, FEMA, and nursing students were dispatched throughout the state to support the hospital.
“During the war, we don’t cry about what we can and cannot do,” he said. “This is a battle between life and death, so you have to do your best every day.”
According to the Times database, 68% of people over the age of 12 have been vaccinated with at least one Covid vaccine and 58% have been fully vaccinated in the state. This puts Kentucky in a neutral position compared to immunization rates in other states.
“We’re a long time ago. I think there are people all over the United States who listen to government officials and vaccinate for that,” Bescher said. “We are probably past the place where there are local officials, ministers, etc.”
He attributed some of the state’s vaccine hesitation to false information and, in addition to public relations campaigns, asked individuals to talk to their loved ones.
“People will have to break that Thanksgiving dinner rule,” he said. “They need to call or go see the person they love and care about is not vaccinated. That person because they have never been at risk more than ever. You need to establish a relationship with. “
“It’s that kind of compassion, and I think those who are willing to do it and make the sacrifice will eventually reach those who haven’t been vaccinated.”
“You may lose a friend because of the conversation, but if you don’t get vaccinated, that friend may lose your life,” he added.